Stretch mark removal is the process of eliminating the creases and scarring that result from the skin’s elasticity being strained.
The risk of getting stretch marks is higher for some people. Among the possible risk factors include:
- Being female
- Having a family history of stretch marks
- Losing or gaining weight quickly
- Using corticosteroids
- Having breast augmentation
- Having a genetic mutation that causes a disease, such as Cushing’s or Marfan syndrome
Although prevention of stretch marks can be challenging, several therapies exist that may help reduce their visibility.
One topical medicine derived from vitamin A is retinoid cream. The use of retinoids may help your skin seem better, especially if your stretch marks are still in the early stages of healing. The collagen in your skin is restored, and the marks are less noticeable after using the lotion. If you are pregnant or nursing, you should discuss the treatment with your doctor because the risk-benefit ratio of using topical retinoids during these times is unclear.
Another method that uses lasers to lessen the appearance of stretch marks is laser therapy. Increased collagen and elastin production in the skin is one of the benefits of laser therapy. Your doctor can advise you on the best laser therapy option for you.
Alternative remedies for stretch marks include glycolic acid lotions and chemical peels. The costs associated with several of these options can be high and may not be covered by your health insurance. Although they help reduce the visibility of existing stretch marks, they do not prevent other markings from appearing.