Stretch Mark Elimination – What Works & What Doesn’t

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Stretch Mark Elimination – What Works & What Doesnt

How wonderful it would be if those unsightly stretch marks disappeared.

You quickly go online, do a google search for “removing stretch marks” and boom, you’re hit with hundreds of results giving you advice and miracle elimination cures for eliminating your stretch marks and trying to sell you creams, oils, cosmetic procedures in the hope of cashing in on your weak spot.

You happily and willingly exchange your money for a stretch mark product with the believe that with its help, your stretch marks will disappear in due time. Now, before you perform anymore money exchanges for such products or procedures, lets get the myths out in the air and find out what works and what doesn’t work. It’s easy to get lost in the sea of stretch mark elimination methods.

Lets find out the 6 myths of stretch mark removal


 

Myth #1: Dermabrasion with get rid of stretch marks

No way! Dermabrasion is simply a more complicated form of exfoliation which is only a marginally effective method to improve stretch marks. But no way will dermabrasion eliminate stretch marks completely.

Myth #2: Laser procedures will get rid of stretch marks

Lasers will not get rid of stretch marks.

Since stretch marks represent a permanent change in the dermis (the deeper layer of skin beneath the surface layer known as the epidermis), there is no amount of resurfacing that can erase them. However, studies have shown that laser treatments can lessen the depth of stretch marks in some patients, with an improvement rate of between 20 and 50%. The improvement is believed to be largely due to the laser’s stimulation of increased production of collagen and elastin in the dermal (deeper) layer of the skin, where stretch marks are formed.

Lasers are most effective on immature stretch marks (those that are still red in color), and many doctors say that they are nearly useless on more mature (white) stretch marks.

As most people would know however, dermabrasion is simply a more complicated form of exfoliation which is only a marginally effective method to eliminate stretch marks. Laser treatment on the other hand is a new method that does not have a long and proven track record in removing stretch marks.

Myth #3: Stretch mark creams, oils and ointment product is the answer to eliminate stretch marks.

Lets make one thing clear, stretch mark creams, oils and ointments can definitely prevent stretch marks from developing, but it definitely CANNOT eliminate existing stretch marks.

There are many oils, creams, and lotions that are purported to improve or even prevent stretch marks. The market is saturated with products that just don’t work. With constant use of a  good stretch mark cream, you will see gradual improvement in your stretch marks.

A good stretch mark cream will only cost you from anywhere between $20 – $40. Compare that to lasers and surgical procedures where the bill can hit the hundreds or thousands, creams are a great way to go.

Myth #4: Tanning can eliminate stretch marks.
Many people think that they can eliminate stretch marks by covering it up with a good tan. This however, will only serve to worsen the whitish appearance of stretch marks as the surrounding healthy skin darkens in color. This is because stretch marks are scars and if you’ve ever tried to tan a scar, you would know that they are particularly resistant to color changes.

Myth #5: Make-up can eliminate stretch marks.
Make ups cover up imperfections and good cosmetics with the right tone and shade will help mask the stretch mark scars around your body. These products do not eliminate stretch marks

Myth #6: So nothing can remove or eliminate stretch marks completely

Not True. If you are willing to take the risk, you can have those stretch marks completely eliminated.

Currently, only abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is the only known surgical method that works on stretch marks. This method however will only eliminate stretch marks in the tummy area and is very risky and expensive. It is not even originally intended for stretch mark removal but for extra fat removal. The procedure is able to get rid of the marks because it involves removing skin on the abdomen. Along with the skin, the stretch marks are also removed.

Only those who are close to their ideal body weights and have only a little fat to remove are considered good candidates for abdominoplasty.

Article contributed by Johnathan Bundy.

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