Whenever Christmas comes to an end and the New Year looms large, the marketing efforts for stretch mark treatments on the Internet seem to double. With bikini season right around the corner, more and more women and also some men become acutely aware that their swimwear will do precious little to cover up the stretch marks that may be indicative of exuberant living, pregnancies, and even bodybuilding. Yet while consumer advocacy groups warn that there is precious little scientific evidence that the various claims made by the manufacturers of creams and lotions actually work, there is hope!
Surgical treatments have been proven to yield some results for most everyone. Three types in particular are thus far being utilized in the fight against stretch marks:
1. Dermabrasion is by far the most commonly utilized procedure. It is not invisible, and depending on where your stretch marks are located, it may actually prove to be a bit uncomfortable. Dermabrasion refers to the scraping of the skin in order to remove the uppermost layer and thereby any imperfection that it may contain. Generally speaking, it will involve a skilled surgeon who will freeze the area to be scraped and who will then scrape off the affected skin cells. The goal is the natural inclination of the body to repair itself, and for that particular area to once again grow new, healthy looking skin devoid of any imperfections and stretch marks. Unfortunately, dermabrasion is not indicated for the more severe stretch marks which are actually found in the underlying dermis; instead, it only works on the most superficial ones.
2. Laser vaporization is difference from dermabrasion in that a laser actually removes affected skin in concise and painstakingly controlled bursts. A local anesthetic is needed and actual dressings are applied to the area. Even though laser vaporization reaches deeper into the skin tissue than dermabrasion, the downside is a distinctly longer healing period sometimes as long as half a year and the possibility of uneven skin tones, especially if the area was exposed to the sun too early after the procedure. While you may have more success with this procedure, it will not remove all of the stretch marks you may have.
3. Chemical peels work a lot like dermabrasion, although sometimes they may affect multiple layers of skin, thus affecting the treated area a lot like laser vaporization. It is important to note that chemical peels will not make stretch marks go away, yet they will decrease the visible appearance of the dermis scarring. It is important to realize that a chemical peel involves the application of an acid to healthy skin tissue, and in rare cases allergic reactions will make the appearance of stretch marks worse rather than better.
While there is no guarantee that any of these procedures will make your stretch marks go away, the odds that one of them will at least lessen the appearance of those unsightly marks is very good; however, only an experienced dermatologist will be able to completely ascertain your eligibility for this treatment and your potential for the desired outcome.