Pregnancy Stretch Mark Removal
There are literally hundreds of advertised treatments that claim to get rid of your ugly stretch marks and the problem is you don't want to have to go throug them all to find the one that works and fits your budget and timetable. Stretch mark removal methods fall into four broad categories. There is natural stretch mark removal which utilizes lotions, creams, diets, ingested substances all in an effort to fade the darn things. There is of course laser stretch mark removal where the laser is used to remove areas of the skin afflicted with stretch marks. Instead of using lasers to do the above there is also the surgical option where the affected skin is removed via scalpel. Lastly, there are an assortment of other remedies that are somewhat non-invasive. These are chemical peels, blue light therapy, and microdermabrasion.
Stretch Marks and Nutrition
Increasing the ability of the skin to stretch goes a long way towards preventing stretch marks in the first place. So the idea is to strengthen the skin and increase its elasticity.Drinking lots of water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably raw in a salad, helps to deliver enzymes and nourishment to the skin while preventing it from drying out. I would call this internal moisturizing as opposed to external moisturizing with a topical cream.
Taking Vitamin E and Vitamin A in your diet as supplements will also help because the vitamin E molecules are too big to penetrate the skin and go into the dermis layer where it is needed. the most effective way to get vitamin E to where it is needed is through diet. Avoidance of diuretics like soda, coffee and Black tea will help your body retain water and keep the skin from drying out. Avoiding smoking allows better blood circulation to the skin and thereby improving nutrition delivery to the skin. massaging the skin with oil like almond oil and coconut oil will increase the skins pliability and also its stretchability.
Other vitamins and minerals that are important to the skin include Vitamin C for the formation of Collage. In fact many anti aging creams have vitamin C as their active ingredient. Vitamin D is needed as a supplement if adequate sunlight is not available. minerals like calcium and silica are also important in conjunction with these vitamins.
Stretch Mark Removal Creams
Stretch mark removal creams and lotions count on the fact that skin sometimes does not grow as fast as the underlying tissue and hence this is the cause of stretch marks.Topical creams also help when they contain collagen and elastin and other penetrating skin building compounds that keep the skin supple and prevent it from drying out. Vitamin E and vitamin A applied both topically as well as ingested are some other common nourishing compounds that provide preventative maintenance as well as after the fact stretch marks removal help. Revitol stretch mark cream is one of the top choices for removing stretch mark. the active ingredient DL-Panthenol is often credited with this creams ability to doa decent job in fading a stretch mark. Trilastin is also an effective stretch mark fader with active ingredients like beeswax and soy protein which help in fading.
Laser Stretch Marks Removal
Laser stretch mark removal involves a couple of techniques. One is the removal of the scarred topmost layer of the skin allowing newer healthier skin to some up from underneath. The second technique involves the stimulation of collagen formation in the skin that helps in filling in pigment into the scarred skin area. This second treatment though expensive varies in success rates from individual to individual and is generally more effective during the early stages when the stretch mark is still red and has not developed into scar tissue. The treatment is non-invasive and the skin is red and tender after the procedure as new skin begins to grow with the help of the increased presence of collagen and elastin proteins. Sometimes repeated treatments are necessary over the same area to achieve the desired results. For older stretch marks surgical procedures are best.
Surgery For Stretch Marks
Stretch mark removal surgery is often the only way to get rid of deep set in stretch marks. It simply involves removal of the skin where the worst stretch marks are. Usually women who have been through pregnancy have this excess tummy skin anyway and so Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is worth considering in this case. It cost a little more than laser but if you don’t mind spending the money it can work quite well. There may be scarring and pain after surgery but usually this is at a minimum.
Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels
Microdermabrasion involves exfoliating the topmost layer of the skin using a stone or thick fabric charged with microcrystals. usually this works well in conjunction with certain creams and prescription ointments that heal the skin. The active ingredients in these ontments are mostly various types of oils like aloe vera, coconut oil, almond oil along with more potent ingredients like Retin-A and Tretinoin which promote the growth of new skin cells. Fruit acid creams are another type of over the counter cream that contain alpha hydroxyl acids that bind water into the skin cells in addition to improving elasticity and sloughing off of old skin cells.
Chemical peels are another way to exfoliate the skin to encourage new skin growth. It involves a controlled wounding of the skin by applying a chemical solution to the skin (usually an acid) making it blister and eventually peel off. New skin regenerates underneath and is usually smoother and shows less evidence of stretch marks. This skin is fresh and therefore sensitive to the sun and abrasion in general. The acids used are generally glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid and salicylic acid.
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