Does Laser Stretch Mark Removal Work?
Do you have stretchmarks?
Chances are you do.
Believe it or not, stretchmarks are actually extremely common, as this type of scarring is a perfectly normal part of growing up which means that most women and men have them, albeit with different degrees of intensity.
Despite how common they are, there’s a huge market dedicated to removing these scars and the market, as they say, is boomin’.
There are stretchmark removing creams, home remedies, surgery and stretch mark removal laser but do these really work?
To answer that, it’s important to know more about stretchmarks.
What are stretchmarks?
Stretchmarks are a form of scarring in the shape of lines or stripes that appear in our skin. They’re small tears on our skin that appear when our skin stretches too much too fast.
They’re usually the consequence of growth spurts during puberty, weight gain (particularly when you gain a lot of weight in very little time), muscle gain and pregnancy.
In short, stretchmarks happen when our body changes in ways that demand our skin to stretch faster than it can keep up, thus tearing it and creating these scars.
When they first appear these lines tend to be purplish or violet and while most cause no discomfort some can be pretty painful, particularly those caused by rapid weight gain.
With time, stretchmarks lose their color and become silvery lines, some faint and easily overlooked, others far more obvious.
Stretchmarks can happen pretty much anywhere in your body but they’re more common in areas such as stomach, buttocks, breasts, arms, thighs and even shoulders. Their size and appearance depends greatly on the person who has them as well as their day to day activities.
Stretchmark removal, A tale as old as time
Did you know there are reports of ancient Greek women using olive oil in an attempt to remove their stretchmarks?
They weren’t the only ones!
Egyptians used frankincense, aloe vera was used during medieval times for the same purpose and, if you do some digging, you’ll find that all cultures around the world have tried to remove stretchmarks one way or another.
So, is there a way to get rid of stretchmarks naturally?
There are ways to lessen their appearance as they happen –olive oil, aloe vera, argan oil and green tea, for example–, by providing extra elasticity to your skin but when the stretchmarks have already appeared or are already faded?
Then the answer is no. No amount of scrubbing and rubbing will get those out of your skin.
Does stretchmark removal laser work?
That’s a good question.
It stands to reason that if natural remedies won’t remove stretchmarks then more aggressive methods, such as microdermoabrasions, laser and even surgery, will have a better shot at it, right?
Well, for the most part…yes.
Despite the popular belief, microdermoabrasions are actually useless when it comes to stretchmarks.
As the name implies (even if it’s not obvious) microdermoabrasions happen on the top layer of the skin. They’re great for removing dead cells and giving you a softer, brighter dermis but they come nowhere near close to stretchmarks, which often happen in the second layer of your skin.
This is the most aggressive, and thus most effective, stretchmark removal method.
The ‘stretchmark removal surgery’ is actually a bit of a misnomer as these are usually what we call tummy tucks or body lifts.
The objective of this particular surgery is to remove excess skin from target areas –thighs, stomach, buttocks– and tighten the skin that’s left in order to leave a smooth, leaner area.
Stretchmarks aren’t targeted specifically but they’re often present in the skin that’s discarded after these procedures.
While effective, this is a major invasive surgery and it’s also quite expensive so it’s not the kind of thing you want to do right away.
Stretchmark removal laser
This is the second most effective way of getting rid of stretchmarks and sits comfortably between microdermoabrasions and invasive surgery in terms of price.
Laser stretchmark removal works by sending short pulses of laser directly to the scar tissue that forms your stretchmarks. This not only removes said scar tissue but also stimulates your cells so that they produce more collagen.
The objective of this combo is to reduce the discoloration of faded stretchmarks and improve the appearance of your skin.
As you can imagine, stretchmark removal laser procedures don’t last a single session and you’re often supposed to go at least a handful of times before you see noticeable improvement.
However, this is a highly effective way of removing both new and old stretchmarks and by far the safest, as it is non-invasive and you won’t have to use any sort of general anesthetics during the entire procedure.
Pros and Cons of stretchmarks
As with everything in the world, there are good and bad things about laser stretchmark removal.
- It can actually reduce the appearance of stretchmarks.
- It removes all kinds of stretchmarks, both new and old.
- Is cost effective.
- Is not invasive compared to surgeries.
- It’s more accessible, as places with lasers stretchmark removal services can be easily found. (That said, we highly recommend you verify the person doing the procedure knows what they’re doing)
- Can be expensive compared to creams and oils, even though those don’t really work.
- You need to have repeated procedures. This isn’t a one-time-only sort of deal.
- It’s painful, though the pain is manageable.
- If the process isn’t done by a qualified doctor or plastic surgeon then you’re at risk of scarring, tearing or burning your skin. (So don’t be cheap!)
- Health insurances don’t really cover this kind of procedure.
Stretchmark removal laser surgery is one of the fastest, safest and most cost effective ways of removing stretchmarks and it’s something you should consider if you’re serious about getting rid of yours.
Yes, stretchmarks are perfectly natural but if you want yours removed then this is the way to go.