Are there any treatments for stretch marks?

laser treatmentThere have been plenty of skin creams and counter treatments, which claim to work well for stretch marks. One of the common treatments these days is called Strivectin. In medical terms, none of the topical creams has been able to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Cream-based topical therapies
There are many skin creams, which contain a high concentration of RetinA, alpha hydroxy acids as well as glycolic acid. These work by sloughing off the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface and tightening the skin texture. However, with such creams stretch marks cannot be reduced completely. Most women have not found much success by using such creams either. Various dermabrasion techniques as well as chemical peel procedures have also been used to treat stretch marks. Some people experience positive benefits from such treatments while others find no real improvement even after spending thousands of dollars on such expensive treatments.

Tummy tucks
Tummy tucks are surgical procedures, whereby the skin below belly button is surgically removed. This region usually has plenty of fatty deposits and lots of stretch marks. By removing the excess skin and fat the skin becomes tighter and this prevents any more stretch marks from appearing. However, such techniques are invasive in nature. Therefore, the recovery time is also longer. However, the effects are positive.

Laser treatments
Laser treatments have been used extensively in modern times to combat stretch marks. In situations where the skin has reddish or raised marks these laser treatments have proven to be very beneficial. Many women as well as men have been ready to undergo laser treatments because they have shown promising effects especially with regard to stretch marks. However, the results of the laser treatment on the stretch marks will largely depend on the age of the person, how old the stretch marks are and the skin tone.

Fractional laser treatment
Also known as Fraxel laser, this is a new laser treatment for getting rid of stretch marks. Basically, laser treatments work to stimulate collagen production. The collagen is rich in proteins and helps rejuvenate and repair tissues of the skin. Stretch marks occur when the collagen is damaged. By stimulating collagen production the stretch marks can get easily repaired and filled up with fresh collagen. When blood vessels in the dermis are damaged, the new collagen can repair them, repair damaged tissues as well as renew skin fibers.

Fraxel laser works in a novel way by causing a small tissue damage in the stretch mark. This automatically triggers the skin to produce more collagen. With enhanced collagen, there are more chances of the stretch marks being filled up. Such Fraxel laser treatments have shown promising and tangible results till date. While one may not completely be able to get rid of the stretch marks the appearance is greatly reduced. Approved by the FDA Fraxel laser therapy has been widely promoted by dermatologists in being a miracle cure for stretch marks. It is even used to reduce wrinkles on the face.