Whether you’re a brand new mom or you’re a parenting expert, you know that with pregnancy comes stretch marks. Those red or purple stripes that extend across your belly, legs, or other areas can be a nuisance, but they are no cause for alarm. The first step to removing pregnancy stretch marks is understanding what they are and what causes them.
Stretch marks are caused by excess strain being placed on the skin. During pregnancy when your body is changing, the skin is stretched beyond its usual elasticity, resulting in tiny tears in the middle layers of skin. These tears appear as red or purple stretch marks on the affected areas. If left untreated, these marks will fade to silver or white as those tears begin to scar. Nine out of ten women will experience stretch marks during their pregnancy, which leaves many women hoping to remove their post pregnancy stretch marks and gain back their confidence.
The good news is: you have options. Stretch mark removal can be tricky, but the earlier you start treatment, the better the chances of fading are. Recent stretch marks that are still red or purple in appearance have not scarred and are more receptive to treatment. Older, silver stretch marks are tougher to fade, but are still treatable. Regardless of the age of your stretch marks, you have several options of how to treat them.
All stretch mark treatments – from lasers, to surgery, to creams – require time and commitment to reducing the appearance of those stripes. The quickest treatment option is also the most expensive. Stretch mark removal surgery, most likely a tummy tuck, removes stretch marks by physically removing the section of skin that contains them. Laser treatments are another treatment option, using high powered lasers to disintegrate damaged layers of skin. To see desirable results, it may take up to 10 sessions. Stretch mark removal creams can be a cheaper alternative for fading stretch marks. While there are many gimmicky stretch mark removal creams available, the best and effective ones work by plumping up layers of the skin, leading to a reduced appearance of those scars. No matter the treatment option you choose, there is hope in fading those post pregnancy stretch marks.