Stretch marks are stubborn and not easy to get rid of. They are similar to scars, which can be softened with special creams and lotions, but you have to bring out heavier artillery to actually remove them.
For example, dermatologists offer laser treatments to remove or minimize stretch marks. Fraxel laser treatment is suitable for white stretch marks and makes them fade faster. The laser creates tiny holes in the lower layers of the skin, which stimulate the formation of new connective tissue or collagen. The number of sessions required varies from case to case and is not very cost-effective (from around 350 euros).
The most aggressive form of treatment with the CO2 laser is the so-called Rio method. The skin is first treated with vitamin A acid and then lasered. For many mothers, however, this method is out of the question, since vitamin A acid is taboo during breastfeeding.
Carboxytherapy is often used in addition to the Rio method. Carbon dioxide is injected into the stretch marks using tiny needles. From there, the gas spreads into the surrounding tissue and is said to have a vasodilating effect. The regeneration of connective tissue is stimulated and tissue tears are reduced.
Microneedling is used against wrinkles, scars or pigment spots and is also said to help against stretch marks. The uppermost skin, the so-called epidermis, is treated with a derma roller or a micro-needling pen fitted with fine needles. The mini injuries are intended to stimulate the skin to form new collagen and elastin, and active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, antioxidants or vitamins can also be introduced into the deeper layers of the skin. Ideally, micro needling should be carried out by an expert, but there are now derma rollers with shorter needle lengths for use at home.
Ultrasound treatment for stretch marks
Ultrasonic treatment is a gentler way to remove stretch marks. The vibrations of the ultrasound create gaps in the tissue, which ensure better blood circulation and facilitate the absorption of regenerative active ingredients. A 20-minute treatment costs around 30 euros. Depending on the body region, up to ten sessions are necessary to achieve initial success.
Chemical peelings, so-called TCA peelings (chemical peelings with a trichloroacetic acid solution) are also used to treat stretch marks. They penetrate deeper layers of the skin than conventional peels and are therefore able to stimulate the skin to produce collagen or elastin and repair damage.
The affected areas are treated with cryotherapy using cold (liquid nitrogen) to destroy the altered tissue. The treatment is also used successfully in dermatology for warts, tumors, scars and other tissue diseases.
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