Up to 90% of women will develop stretch marks, but anyone experiencing rapid weight gain can get them, from teenagers experiencing a growth spurt to weightlifters. Millions of people in America alone have them and they are annoying to say the least!
How to get rid of stretch marks?
How to get rid of stretch marks … Now there’s a question. There are a few options. Firstly, you can do nothing, and simply try to cover them over with well chosen clothes. You could opt to use creams to cover them over, or you could go to the other extreme of the pay scale and opt for laser surgery. This article will examine the pros and cons of the last option – laser surgery.
Laser surgery has two main things going for it. One: Unlike other surgery, laser surgery is painless, and involves no actual cutting of the skin, so obviously people are happier to go with this sort of surgery than the traditional. Two: More importantly there is some evidence to show that laser surgery does improve the look of new stretch marks – a study published in the Dermatologic Surgery gave positive results for pulsed dye laser surgery.
However, as you might expect there are some down sides to using laser surgery for treating stretch marks. Firstly, it cannot remove the stretch marks altogether, it just improves the look of them and makes them less obvious. Secondly, it’s expensive. To receive the full benefits from the treatment you’d need several sessions (perhaps as many as six), and at between $400-$1500 a session you’re talking a serious amount of money.
As with all surgery, laser surgery does not come without some potential problems and risks. These can include scars, pain, burning and skin discoloration. If the surgeon is going to use a general anesthetic ensure you find out the risks with this and if you are allergic.
If you decide you do want to go for the laser surgery to get best results you will need to do it while the stretch marks are quite young and red. Ask your surgeon why this treatment would be more effective than any other treatment, and also ask for his experience. If you have darker skin you should also ask if he has ever performed the treatment on colored people. The reason for this is that a dark skin is more likely to get discolored.
Finally, be sure to thoroughly research the clinic that will be performing the surgery. Recommendations are a good place to start and also do some research to ensure it’s reputable.