The best way to treat stretch marks is to take precautions right from the beginning, which is actually possible with pregnancy. Studies have shown that keeping the skin hydrated or moisturised can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. While it might be treated like an old wives tale, but not scratching the tummy during pregnancy can also reduce the appearance.
Here are some of the most common ways of treating stretch marks:
Prescription medications such as Retin-A or Tazorac gels, will help with the stimulation of collagen, which will reduce the visibility of stretch marks, with continued usage. However, these topical creams will work only on fresh stretch marks. It is best that pregnant women talk to their doctor in advance and start using such medications during their pregnancy.
Dermabrasion can be used to peel away the top layer of the skin and once the new skin cells start to develop, the stretch marks will also fade away. Chemical peels will also work in a manner similar to dermabrasion, peeling away the top layer of the skin, revealing healthier skin beneath.
Of late, laser surgery has also shown some promising results – the skin is pulled taut, a special gel is applied to the stretch marks, and laser is applied to the area. The laser penetrates deep into the dermis, encouraging the production of collagen, which in turn will make the skin healthier and reduce the stretch marks.
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