Treatments for Stretch Marks

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There are many treatments for stretch marks. Some treatments can even be done at home. The type of treatment and whether it can be done at home depends largely on the type of stretch mark you are going to treat. Fresh stretch marks with a reddish tint can be successfully treated at home, while thick, white stretch marks need specialized treatment that is either not safe or too impractical to do at home.

Red Stretch Marks

Red, pink, or purple stretch marks are newly formed, and so are still undergoing tissue repair. Healing them involves boosting this tissue repair by increasing cell turnover through exfoliation as well as providing the nutrients that the skin needs for optimal regeneration.

  • Skin exfoliation: Exfoliating promotes the formation of new skin through the removal of the surface layer of old, dead skin. This increased turnover of cells helps with the natural tissue reconstruction that is occurring within the red stretch mark.

  • Stretch mark creams: Creams for stretch marks promote healing by keeping the skin hydrated and providing nutrients like vitamins A, C, D, and E that help with regeneration of tissue. The rubbing motion of applying the cream to the scar helps promote circulation, which is also helpful for making the red stretch mark fade.
  • White Stretch Marks

    In contracts to the gentle methods used to treat red stretch marks, treatments for white stretch marks need to be a lot more intense to work. While red stretch mark treatments promote healing, white stretch mark treatments induce trauma to the targeted area in order to break up scar tissue, promote skin reconstruction, and blend the stretch mark with surrounding skin.

    The following treatments have been proven effective for white stretch marks:

  • DermaRoller: A roller with needles imbedded into it is rolled across the scar, with the needles penetrating the epidermis to break down the scar and promote the formation of new collagen and elastin. Treatment is priced from $120 to $400. In home treatments may be possible.

  • Carboxytherapy : A procedure that applies multiple injections of CO2 directly into the marks, increasing blood circulation in the area and promoting tissue reconstruction. Price: $150-$500 per session.

  • Laser: Laser scar treatments burn off the top layer of skin off in order to promote its regeneration. The regenerated tissue is smoother and blends more with surrounding skin. Price: $200 to $400 per session.

  • Acid peels: Like a laser treatment they destroy the top layer of skin in order to stimulate new tissue formation. Price: $150 to $600 per session

  • Microdermabrasion: It is a physical removal of the top layers of skin, which like other treatments is meant to smooth out scars and promote new tissue formation. Price: $100-$250 per session.
  • The treatments above can be performed by dermatologists, estheticians and specialized physiotherapists.

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