Stretch marks removal is necessary as the skin is elastic and strong, however, its supporting tissues can be damaged if end up stretching too far or too quickly. The rapid expanding of the skin can result in stretch marks, for example, around 90 percent of women get stretch marks during pregnancy. However, stretch marks can make a difference to people of all ages and skin types. They usually occur during periods of body changes and growth, such as puberty, significant weight gain, and extreme muscle building. Stretch marks are not unhealthy in any way, and very rarely do they fade away to a level of invisibility. However, regardless of that procedures for their removal are still common and preferred.
Common treatments for stretch marks removal linclude the following:
- Light or laser therapy: Laser therapy is one of the newest treatments known to be very effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Pulsed dye lasers and intense collagen light can potentially improve the appearance of stretch marks and increase collagen production over time as well. A person might need around 20 treatments for a 20 – 60% improvement rate, and this can be highly costly.
- Platelet-rich plasma with ultrasound: This is a way to revive skin and increase collagen production. PRP therapy takes place through the taking of platelet-rich plasma from the person’s own blood before the procedure.
- Plastic surgery: This removes excess skin and tightens remaining skin and tissues. This procedure is not specifically designing for stretch marks, however, with the removal of excess skin, the removal of stretch marks can be an additional benefit.
These consist of the following:
Swelling and reddening of the skin, and potentially, in a few rare occasions, the bruising of the skin as well. Once treatment is done, the area is usually very tender and sensitive. Lastly, laser therapy can potentially cause some outer issue damage. Generally, there are few side effects associated with the removal of stretch marks.
Generally, the people eligible for the treatment are those who are healthy, do not smoke, and have a lot of excessive skin. On the other hand, pregnant women are strongly recommended against this procedure. Once the treatment is done, patients are required to rest a few days, and to only engage in very light work.
Patients should work in order to stay active, but should not cause an unnecessary strain upon themselves at all. Patients will also be required to wear an abdominal binder for a few weeks in order to minimize the swelling and have a compact shape for their abdomen. Additionally, the treatment usually takes around 3 – 4 weeks to fully recover from. The results of the treatment are permanent, as all the stretch marks are removed from the skin. Laser therapy doesn’t make the marks completely invisible, but makes them lighter to a significant extent.
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