Stretch marks are a pesky skin issue that can cause a great deal of stress. Stretch marks can be caused by many things, like weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, and growth during puberty. They can also appear on many parts of the body, such as the stomach, the thighs, the breasts, and the arms. But whatever the cause of your stretch marks and no matter their location, stretch marks can make you feel incredibly self-conscious. Having stretch marks can make you feel uncomfortable about wearing certain types of clothing or make you feel like you constantly need to “cover up. However, if you have stretch marks and want to get rid of them, know that there are several skin care treatments that can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Wondering what treatments can help with stretch marks? Read on to see our top 3 treatment recommendations for stretch marks!
Top 3 Treatments to Help With Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are technically a form of scarring. When the skin grows or shrinks rapidly, the dermis can tear, which leaves behind the scars that are more commonly known as stretch marks. Since stretch marks are a type of scarring, the treatments that work best on them are skin treatments that are proven to be effective for reducing scarring.
1. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels can help to reduce scarring on the face or body by removing dead cells and causing new, healthy skin to grow in its place. There are many types of chemical peels, some of which are more superficial (and treat the outer layer of skin only) and some of which penetrate more deeply. The exact type of chemical peel that may work best to reduce your stretch marks can vary depending on their depth or severity.
2. Laser Treatments
Laser treatments are commonly used to treat acne scarring on the face and they can also treat scarring on the body, such as stretch marks. At the Z Center for Cosmetic Health, our laser treatment of choice is the Nano-Ray Laser, which is an excellent option for treating stretch marks. The Nano-Ray Laser removes blemishes and smooths the skin with the application of a specialized type of light energy. This light energy vaporizes water tissue in the skin, which leads to an almost instant removal of many types of skin issues.
One major benefits of the Nano-Ray Laser is that it can help to smooth depressed areas of the skin. While some other scarring treatments mostly reduce discoloration (though they may even depressed areas slightly), the Nano-Ray Laser can dramatically even out the skin. So the Nano-Ray Laser can often be a great option for those who are trying to reduce the appearance of more depressed stretch marks.
Microdermabrasion is a simple, quick exfoliating treatment that can reduce skin discoloration and scarring. During a microdermabrasion treatment, a microdermabrasion wand gently exfoliates the outer layer of skin. This removes dead skin cells, increases cell turnover, and promotes collagen and elastin production. With regular microdermabrasion treatments, the appearance of stretch marks can be greatly reduced.
Microdermabrasion is a less intense stretch mark treatment; it’s the most gentle treatment on our list. However, it can be very effective for treating less severe stretch marks. So it is a great option for people who want to try a highly gentle treatment that can reduce the appearance of mild to moderate stretch marks.
Stretch Mark Treatment in Los Angeles
If you want to reduce your stretch marks, make a consultation appointment at the Z Center for Cosmetic Health today. At your consultation appointment, Dr. Zadeh can examine your stretch marks and recommend an ideal treatment plan for your unique scarring. There may be one type of treatment that would work best for your stretch marks or Dr. Zadeh may recommend that you try a combination approach to best address your unique skin issues. Check out our youtube channel for real footage of treatments at Z Center.