There are many people who are suffering from the insecurity complex brought on by the appearance of stretch marks. Though, merely an issue of vanity and appearance, the problem and treatment of stretch marks have received considerable attention from the medical field.
Although to get rid of stretch marks, there are several treatments which help diminish their appearance. If one has a lot of time to spare and is in no hurry to remove these scars, he or she can merely be satisfied with the use of ointments and creams. These over the counter treatments may help make stretch marks appear less visible over continued use.
Unfortunately, many of us are in a hurry to cure those marks that have been bugging us for so long. If you are one of those who would like to hasten their treatment of stretch marks, surgical methods can be undergone into. These are more rapid in their effects compared to ointments and creams. Although less long to effect than ointments and creams, these clinical procedures still take months.
One of the more popular clinical procedures against getting rid of stretch marks is Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, as it is more commonly known. In this procedure, loose skins from around the navel are removed in order to make it firmer. Through this, the skin becomes more compact and stretch marks are removed.
However, this procedure only involves the middle area of the body and is not compatible with those other areas where stretch marks can be found. This procedure usually takes 1 to 5 hours and is very costly compared to other clinical treatments.
A cheaper alternative to Abdominoplasty is dermabrasion. This procedure comes with different names such as peeling and its sub-types. In this procedure, the top layer of the skin is slowly peeled off to remove dead skin cells and scarred tissues. This process yields to the production of new layers of skin which has more collagen than the previous one.
The results of this are less visible get rid of stretch marks and a smoother skin. This procedure may be cheaper than tummy tuck but it is also a very painful procedure especially afterwards when the skin is so raw and becomes very sensitive. There is also a risk of suffering from the hazardous effects of the chemicals used.
Another cheaper treatment, yet more expensive than dermabrasion, is laser surgery. This procedure is considered more effective than dermabrasion because it targets the dermis layer of the skin, the part where get rid of stretch marks form.
The laser beams stimulate the generation of new skin cells to replace the old ones in this area. Proven to be very effective, especially the reddish, newly formed ones, it usually takes 5 to 6 treatments before its effect become visible.
Stretch marks are truly irritating to the eyes. It makes one feel very conscious and may impede in one’s self-esteem. Since treatments are available, I believe that we owe it to ourselves to appear beautiful and more confident. But remember, it is always best to seek professional advice before deciding on any treatment. The doctors will know the best treatment for you and their background in the subject can help you decide objectively and informatively.