Stretch marks are one of the most disturbing physical repercussions of pregnancy. The best thing you can do is use skin creams to help prevent stretch marks by enhancing your skin’s elasticity, but if you do get them there are many methods available for treating your stretch marks. The most common type of treatment you will find is skin creams which will help fade them. One of the latest methods for treating stretch marks, however, is laser stretch mark removal.
How Does It Work?
Laser Stretch mark removal is a sophisticated process but the general idea is that a high intensity beam of light is used to disrupt the molecular bonds in the skin in and around the stretch marks and cause ti to disintegrate. Stretch marks are a type of scar tissue so by disintegrating very thin layers of the scarred skin, the body regenerates fresh new skin and the stretch marks go away.
The technology for this treatment has improved in recent years and although it has gotten much better, there is still a level of pain involved. Most people say that it feel like a pinching sensation while the treatment is begin administered. On a scale of 1 to 10, most patients report a pain levels between a 1 and a 3. Some patients with a lower threshold for pain may report as much as a 4. Because layers of skin are being removed, there will be some slight swelling, redness and tenderness in the treated area but it usually subsides within one to two weeks after the treatment.
How Effective Is It?
The jury is still out on how effective the treatment actually is. There is not much conclusive proof one way or the other. most evidence is really just anecdotal at this point. Until more scientific studies have been completed its hard to definitively say if it works or not but many patients report success. It really just depends on the patient and their skin type and the severity of their stretch marks. One thing to note is that it often takes several treatments before seeing any significant effect, and the treatment can be expensive. Costs can be between $700 and $1500 per visit. Because it is cosmetic and relatively new it may not be covered by your insurance so be sure to check first.
If you have stretch marks from your pregnancy, be sure to consider all of your options. Remember that the best option is prevention. If you are still pregnant be sure to use a product to help enhance your skins elasticity and you may not get stretch marks at all. If you already have stretch marks then laser stretch mark removal may be an option for you. No matter what you choose, remember that its always best to consult your doctor first.