One of the things that accompany weight loss is the formation of stretch marks. This is sometimes ironic because many women go great lengths in order to get rid of the unwanted pounds and inches that they have so that they can have the confidence to don their skimpiest bikinis.
However, with the formation of stretch marks following their weight loss, they need to deal with another problem before they can finally proudly display their sexy figure on the beach. However, with the many products sold in the market today and medical procedures that are meant to deal with stretch marks, this is not really something to worry about.
Fractional Laser Treatment
One of the most popular stretch mark-removal procedures that people who have enough cash sitting around go for is fractional laser treatment. This procedure involves heating the dermis to 66 degrees centigrade.
When the dermis reaches this temperature, it can produce more collagen. When more collagen is produced, the skin becomes tighter and smoother. Hence, the visibility of the stretch marks is decreased.
So, does it eradicate stretch marks? Well, the answer is no. You have to understand that stretch marks are primarily caused by the hormone glucocorticoids. This hormone increases in the body if someone is pregnant or suddenly loses or gains weight.
Hence, the primary cause of stretch marks is hormonal. However, nothing has ever been discovered yet to reverse the increased production of this hormone. Hence, the best thing that science can do to help people with stretch marks is to decrease their visibility.
You also might wonder if this procedure is safe because it heats up the dermis of the skin. Wouldn’t it damage the other parts of the skin without the unsightly stretch marks?
Well, the reason why it is called fractional laser treatment is because it only delivers small amounts of heat to a small portion of the skin. Hence, the unaffected areas remain unharmed.
Stretch Mark Creams or Lotions
However, it can’t be denied that the most common way for women to deal with their stretch marks is to apply a good amount of stretch mark creams or lotions to their stretch marks. Just like fractional laser treatment, these creams and lotions also work on increasing the production of collagen.
When more collagen is produced, the skin becomes tighter and smoother. But, are these creams or lotions really dependable in terms of increasing collagen production? Well, it depends on what active ingredient the stretch mark cream or lotion has.
However, those creams and lotions that contain retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, and Vitamin E are really known to deliver the results of improving collagen production.
Therefore, before you buy your stretch mark cream, make sure that you check the ingredients first. If it does not contain retinol and Vitamin A, have second thoughts about going for it.
You see, you don’t have to put up with stretch marks. You may not get rid of them, but you can definitely conceal them. Who cares if they are there as long as they are not noticeable? They won’t kill you anyways. However, if they are highly visible, you might die with shame.