Topical and Medical Treatments for Pregnancy Stretch Marks

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Of all the impacts pregnancy has on the body, stretch marks are some of the toughest to deal with. There just aren’t that many proven, effective treatments that can help you to get rid of your stretch marks.

To be sure, there are some treatments that you can buy over the counter. The problem is that results can vary significantly from one woman to the next. Some women might respond well to a particular product, while other women may not be quite so lucky.

There are some medical treatments for stretch marks, too, but they’re not usually covered by insurance which means that they’re just not accessible.

Topical Treatments

There are a number of different kinds of creams or lotions available that purport to help with stretch marks. For the most part, these products work to make the stretch marks less visible, not to make them go away. In many cases, these creams and lotions are most effective when you’re first getting your stretch marks, when the coloration tends to have that bright pink, purple or red to it.

These kinds of topical treatments for stretch marks usually rely on something called retinoids, which are derived from vitamin A. It is thought that retinoids are not an effective treatment for stretch marks once they have already faded. other lotions and creams that are designed for the treatment of stretch marks may be based on ingredients like glycolic acid or L-ascorbic acid. These applications tend to work better as treatment for stretch marks that you’ve had for a longer period of time.

Medical Treatments

In addition to lotions and creams, there are a few medical treatments available for stretch marks. One of the areas that has seen great progress in recent years is the use of lasers to help treat stretch marks. Usually, these medical treatments require you to make several visits to the doctor to receive treatments.

There are also a number of different dermatological treatments for stretch marks, as well. Some of those may include things like dermabrasion or a chemical peel.

Not everyone is a good candidate for every treatment for stretch marks, so be certain to discuss your options fully with your doctor.


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