Stretch marks are a formed when the middle layer of the skin which is responsible for maintaining the shape and elasticity is stretched more than its limits and the connective fibers in the skin eventually break, causing scarring. They are associated with several factors such as pregnancy, obesity, puberty, and short-term weight gain and loss along with certain physical activities. The thighs, hips, arms, breasts, abdominal area, and lower back are the most susceptible areas in body to stretch marks.
There are a number of considerations for patients that opt for stretch mark removal treatment.
Natural Stretch Mark Removal: Natural stretch mark removal treatments include a wide variety of creams and lotions, easily available in the markets, and recommendations for regular diet and exercise. However, these methods fail to produce satisfactory results those with old, well-developed stretch mark scars, but are effective when applied to fresh stretch marks. However, these products cannot remove stretch marks permanently but, simply help them fade more quickly.
Laser Stretch Mark Removal: In this procedure, a beam of light removes thin layers of skin around the stretch marks. After healing, stretch marks will fade, and new layers of healthy skin will form. Most patients heal from a treatment within a few days. Laser stretch mark removal is highly effective and has a good rate of patient satisfaction. It is extremely safe, less invasive than surgical procedure and the recovery time is less, lower burden on pockets, and fewer potential complications.
Surgical Stretch Mark Removal: It is the most effective option for the complete and permanent elimination of stretch marks. Abdominoplasty, also referred as a “tummy tuck,” tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin in the mid to lower abdominal region. Surgical stretch mark removal is only performed on patients who are fit to undergo for the tummy tuck procedure. Patients should be in good health; refrain from smoking and have a significant amount of excess skin on the stomach. It is extremely important to discuss their medical history and medication list with their surgeons prior to treatment.