Stretch marks are red, pink or purple stripes or streaks that most often appear on the upper arms, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, thighs and breasts. Pregnant women and those who have had a dramatic weight gain are most likely to be affected by stretch marks. While completely harmless, stretch marks are unattractive and those who have them usually want to get rid of them. Fortunately, there are treatments available that may help. Read further to learn more.
There are several surgical procedures available to help remove stretch marks from various parts of the body. The most common procedure done is the tummy tuck. During this procedure, you doctor will remove any excess skin below the belly button and the stretch marks right along with it. This is the most invasive form of treatment, and you will have to expect a longer recovery time. However, the results are usually worth it as you will often see that the surgery has been a complete success that has left you with absolutely no sign of any stretch marks.
During this procedure, your doctor will use a laser to eliminate any areas of skin where you want to have your stretch marks removed. After the procedure is done, you will have to wait for the natural growth of new skin that should be free of stretch marks. This method is used often because it works well and has very little in the way of adverse side effects.
This treatment employs the use of an Endermologie machine that massages the section of skin where your stretch marks are located. You can expect to have several sessions with the machine, which uses rollers and suction to reduce and repair your stretch marks. Many people have seen wonderful results with this treatment.
Often used to treat older stretch marks, this procedure is used to carefully remove the top layer of skin where stretch marks are visible. Once the damaged skin is removed, there can be new skin growth with no sign of stretch marks. This is sometimes used in connection with other stretch mark treatments to achieve the best results.
These are just a few methods used to treat stretch marks. If you are concerned about having this condition, you should consult with your doctor. He will be able to evaluate your stretch marks and help you decide which procedure might work best for you.