Stretch Mark Removal
Nearly all women who have given birth to a child or have gone through weight changes, including those associated with the rapid growth in the teen years have experienced stretch marks. While these lines that appear on the breasts, hips, shoulders, buttocks, stomach and thighs are harmless, many women are self-conscious and wonder how to remove stretch marks.
Over the Counter Products
Although some companies sell products they market as stretch mark removal cream, the truth is that no cream can replace the displaced collagen that accounts for the lines’ appearance. The skin is made up of various layers, including the epidermis- the outermost layer, and the dermis, the lower layer. Collagen is produced in the dermis. Rapid changes resulting from growth or weight gain can cause the collagen to bunch and stretch, leaving behind what are commonly called stretch marks. Since creams rarely penetrate past the epidermis, they are ineffective in replacing collagen.
A far more effective treatment is stretch mark laser removal. The laser is capable of penetrating to the deeper layers of the skin, targeting specific areas and stimulating the development of new collagen as the cells natural healing processes are awakened. A stretch mark removal laser is the least invasive effective option for removing stretch marks.
When it comes to stretch mark removal surgery, only an abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck” is truly effective. This is because the procedure tightens the lower abdominal muscles and removes excess skin in the area affected. Surgery is considered an invasive option and not usually recommended for stretch mark removal alone. As part of a larger cosmetic procedure plan, it is effective. If you are concerned about the look of stretch marks, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Rast’s team will discuss your options and help you that fits your goals.