This article will discuss the many options we now have for eliminating our stretch marks. Some of these treatments are quite new and revolutionary while some are old and effective mainstays. Read on to find out which option is best for you.
Microdermabrasion involves blasting small micro particles across the face to exfoliate the skin surface. The particles are then sucked out using a vacuum like apparatus and then the process is repeated. Some machines also use “diamond microdermabrasion” wherein the tip of the apparatus itself is encrusted with small diamonds. The diamonds studded tips are then rubbed around the face to exfoliate.
This type of treatment is safe and gentle enough since only part of the external surface of the skin is peeled off. The real benefit comes from the skin’s rapid replenishing of new skin due to the exfoliation. This results to younger and fresher looking skin.
When it comes to stretch marks, microdermabrasion may be done as an add-on treatment to smooth out raised stretch marks. Doing ONLY microdermabrasion to remove* stretch marks though impossible.
Endermologie is a relatively new development in medical technology. It aims to soothe ailments in the muscles and blood vessels and correct damages in our skin layers by mechanically stimulating cellular activity.
This new modality has over 110 clinical studies that provide evidence of its effectiveness against the following:
- Vascular problems
- Water retention (edema)
- Muscle pain and muscle injury
The promise that these procedures hold for stretch marks and sagging skin is that it actually stimulates fibroblast activity. Fibroblasts are the cells that produce elastin and collagen which are responsible for skin elasticity and firmness respectively. The procedures are completely none invasive and although the Endermologie treatment are intense, the proponents promise that you should feel no pain.
Laser Surgery Removal
There are 2 kinds of laser surgery procedures that we will talk about here: Pulsed Dye Laser treatment and Fractional laser treatment.
- PULSED DYE LASER TREATMENT is best for newer stretch marks. If you have marks are that are deep red in color this laser treatment is for you. The light that is used for this laser is very pigment specific so it will only target the redness of your stretch marks without causing any damage to surrounding tissues. After the treatment the blood vessels that caused the redness will eventually constrict and disappear.
- FRACTIONAL LASER TREATMENT uses thousands of minute columns of light to create micro wounds on the epidermis and dermis of the skin. Once the micro wounds are in place the body naturally reacts by stimulating a natural wound healing process that stimulates skin renewal and most importantly—fibroblast activation. This is the reason why so many people have had success with their stretch marks using this procedure. It is natural for fibroblasts to lessen their function after a certain age but through fractional laser treatments they are stimulated once again.
Invasive Surgical Removal
The only way to remove* sagging skin and stretch marks a 100% is by having them nipped and tucked. Procedures like face lifts, arm lifts and tummy tucks all aim to restore that youthful tautness to any kind of body by cutting out excess fat and skin. Incidentally along with a lot of that skin are the stretch marks that developed from all that stretching and sagging.
Honestly, in my personal experience the best way to remove* stretch marks is by having a combination of the above mentioned treatments. For myself, I was too scared to go under the knife like most of my friends did so I settled for Ablative Fractional Laser treatment followed by some Endermologie sessions to further tighten my skin and encourage beneficial cellular activity. Hope the article helps you.