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Tips For Getting Rid Of Stretch Marks

If you have grown at all during your life, there's a good chance that you have stretch marks. When your body shoots up in length or expands in size, your skin has to stretch to compensate. The stretching process can leave scars on your body in the form of stretch marks. You can also get them from sudden weight gain or from pregnancy. Women can get them when their hips grow in or their breasts suddenly get bigger. Many people do not like the appearance of stretch marks. Here are some tips for getting rid of stretch marks or decreasing how noticeable they are.

1. Use Moisturizing Cream

If your stretch marks are new because you have recently gotten taller, gained weight, or went through pregnancy, you may have success lightening your stretch marks through the use of moisturizing cream that has vitamin E in it. This is due to the fact that the vitamin E can help increase the skin's elasticity and therefore decrease how much a stretch mark shows up. There are creams that are specifically created to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Your dermatologist can recommend one. These creams will not be as effective on stretch marks that are several years old.

2. Try Laser Removal

For older stretch marks, you are going to need a more direct way to attack them. One option is laser removal. Laser removal essentially removes the thin layers of skin that are just above your stretch marks by causing them to dissolve. Once the upper layer of skin that consists of the stretch mark has disintegrated, the body will heal quickly and smoothly. No additional scarring is formed and the stretch marks are reduced in their appearance. It may take many treatments to fully remove a stretch mark and each treatment can require a few days of healing as the body makes new skin. Older stretch marks will take a longer period of time to remove than younger stretch marks, but given enough treatment, even older stretch marks can have their appearance reduced.

3. Consider Surgery

Finally, if you truly want to remove your stretch marks rather than lessen their appearance, you can go for the surgical option. This is a more risky and expensive option that is entirely for aesthetics and not usually covered by health insurance. Talk to your dermatologist to see if this is the right option for you.

For more information, talk to a company like Heibel Dermatology.