Tuesday, July 01, 2008

"How do I get rid of my stretch marks?"

"How do I get rid of my stretch marks?" This question is asked by women time and time again. 'Stretch marks' as they are commonly known are striae gravidarum. They are characterized by their reddish, brownish, silvery color. They are due to stretching of the skin due to weight loss or weight gain, especially during pregnancy. Stretch marks occur when the the elastin and collagen under the skin's surface is torn. These unsightly marks are normally seen on the thighs, hips, and stomach. There are 2 ways of reducing stretch marks:
1) A topical reducer (creams containing peptides and/or retinoids)
Both peptides and retinoids reduce the appearance of stretch marks. They stimulate collagen production in the epidermal layers (outer layers) of the skin which restores the elasticity of the skin causing it to appear smoother.
2) Fraxel laser - A more aggressive treatment for stretch marks. Fraxel laser fades new marks as well as older ones. The laser penetrates the outer most layer to stimulate collagen and elastin production deep within the skin. It works to change the color and texture of the marks. The laser procedures requires two to three treatments to achieve best results. The procedure starts at approximately $ 1,200.00 per treatment. For those of us who may not be willing to pay $1,200 per treatment , I suggest Carol's Daughter 'Scar Butter'. Retails for $10. www.carolsdaughter.com

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