Stretch Marks Removal Options

| More
Stretch marks or striae are the result of rapid body growth and deep skin stretching (puberty, pregnancy, muscle building or weight gain). Striae are formed by ruptures in the dermis (middle layer of the skin) and are caused by lack of elasticity, breakage of collagen or elastin fibers. They start off as reddish, pinkish or purple lines, but gradually fade to a shade of white due to underproduction of melanin it the area.


Why are stretch marks so hard to remove with topical solutions?

·       The damages develop inner scaring, formed in the deeper layers of the skin, underneath the surface, where they can’t be reached directly;

·       The topical solutions do not sink deep enough to cause skin to be repaired;

·       Lack of blood circulation due to the broken tiny blood vessels in the damaged areas;

·       The skin does not completely bounce back if over-stretching once weakened it.


Up to 90% of women develop stretch marks primarily on the latest stages of pregnancy due to high level of stretching. straei removalWomen are more prone to stretch marks, but men can also get them anywhere on the body, mainly the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or lower back. There are no risks to your health associated with stretch marks.


Topical Stretch Mark Solutions – Creams, Gels, Lotions


A number of products in the market claim to diminish stretch marks, most of which have not been proven effective. To show results most creams require repeated application twice a day for few months at least. Topical solutions might work with early stages of stretch marks, while they still did not loose color. The results differ based upon depth of stretch marks and the skin type.


The application of creams implies massaging of the area, which by itself increases the blood and lymph circulation and can be somewhat helpful to diminish striae. Even though it takes a lot of time for the results to show, this approach is less expensive, usually has no side effects and on top of that can improve overall skin conditions. It is always beneficial as prevention of future scaring and maintaining firmness and tightness of the skin.


Prior to buying you may want to check the list of ingredients known to be effective for stretch mark cashes: squalene oil, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D3, Vitamin B5 (DL-Penthenol), aloe vera extract, grapefruit seed extract, cocao butter, shea butter. Other treatments and solutions include such oils as jojoba, almond, tea tree, castor, emu, olive, fish, orange and the like.


Make sure you consult the doctor and do a sensitivity test on you forearm before applying any solution to a larger area.


Modern Stretch Mark Reduction Treatments


New treatment methods include plastic surgery, microdermabrasion, laser therapy. They have been proved effective even for long standing cases. Most treatments are very expensive and painful, require multiple procedures and some downtime. The results are not always guaranteed and procedures are usually not covered by any insurance plans.


Laser for Stretch Mark Removal: works by vaporizing the superficial skin surrounding scars with high intensity laser light. As any surgical procedure it requires anesthesia to provide pain relief and involves substantial risk of scaring. New generation of fractional lasers are used for older stretch marks.  They show improvements in whiteness or redness of the scar tissue. The newer stretch marks are usually treated by pulsed laser, which triggers the underlying layers of the skin to enhance collagen and elastin production. Some lasers balance melanin production and help even out the color of the stretch marks with the surrounding skin.

Depending on the type of laser used for the treatment the downtime may take up to 7 days. At least three sessions one month apart are usually required to see about a 30% improvement. Laser treatments are not recommended for individuals with darker skin tone and for pregnant women.

Microdermabrasion for Stretch Marks: works with aluminum oxide crystals or abrasive tools to polish and remove the outer layers of the skin. The crystals and dead skin cells are then removed with vacuum tube. The treatment stimulates new skin growth and is more effective against older, but not very deep stretch marks. The dermabrasion is also beneficial for overall skin renewal.

The procedure is not painful, has no downtime, the results are good, but not that significant for the time and money spend.


The downsides of dermabrasion are: the cost ($50 to $200 per treatment) and the number of visits (up to 12 treatments 2 weeks apart) to achieve desired results.


Surgery to Remove Stretch Marks: surgery is the most promising way to eliminate stretch marks. It has shown impressive results, but has a lot of limitations and downsides: only one area can be treated at a time (Tummy Tuck), requires significant downtime, high possibility of scaring and other regular surgery consequences. The resulting pain, which most of the patients disregard before the procedure, should also be considered. The cost of such surgical procedures is prohibitive for many people.

Body Chemical Peel for Stretch Mark Removal is another choice for skin rejuvenation and removal of stretch marks, primarily on early stages. An acid solution is applied to the top layer of skin and burns it off thus encouraging new cells to grow. The procedure shows better results for smaller stretch marks and lighter skin tones. The stronger peel requires anesthesia.


One of the possibilities of a light peel is Glycolic acid, which also promotes collagen production. The cost of each procedure is about $100. It might take 3 or 4 office treatments to see the results. A good choice for a at home chemical peel with Glycolic acid as primary ingredient is Stretta from Zenmed (should be tested on a small area prior to use).


Blue Light Therapy for Stretch Marks might reduce the appearance, but will not remove the stretch marks. Blue light is known to decrease pigmentation and can help lighten the overall skin tone, but overall is not that effective for stretch marks.


At Home Stretch Mark Improvement Remedies


Stretch marks are annoying and tough thing to deal with. Most of the external applications and treatments are costly, downtime consuming or ineffective. There are natural remedies and at home stretch marks treatments that have the same effectiveness and are much cheaper. Of course it depends on how long ago the stretch marks have been acquired. Once they pass the initial stages and lose color it’s far more difficult to deal with the problem, no matter which way you go.


The use of at home scrubs and dry skin brushing followed by contrast hydrotherapy will help to make stretch marks not look so obvious, improve blood and lymph circulation. Persistent massaging of the area with the remedies effective for this type of problem, such as cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamins A, E, D3, B5, fish oil, tea tree oil, orange oil, almond oil and other natural solutions will increase the effectiveness of any such procedure and work as prevention for future scaring.


Both natural solutions and cosmetic products require patience and take a long while to see the improvements.