Stretch Mark Removal: The Best and Worst Treatment Options
The internet is full of various stretch mark removal treatments. From tummy tucks to DIY stretch mark creams, there are several options for reducing the appearance of striae. But not all treatments that claim to get rid of stretch marks actually do. Read on to learn about the treatments that work and the treatments that don’t. Discover which stretch mark removal treatment will work best for you to improve the appearance of your stretch marks — so you can love the skin you are in!
How Stretch Mark Removal Treatments Work
With the exception of surgical procedures, effective stretch mark removal treatments work by stimulating the body’s natural healing process to trigger the synthesis of collagen and tissue remodeling.
Stretch Mark Cream
Even the best stretch mark cream is still the least effective solution for stretch mark removal. There are many stretch mark creams that market themselves as effective ways to get rid of stretch marks, but most active ingredients in these creams cannot penetrate deep enough into the dermis to provide any therapeutic benefit.
Retinoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A, may help rebuild collagen and there is some clinical evidence that stretch mark cream containing retinoids may slightly improve the clinical appearance of stretch marks. However, other research finds stretch mark cream, even if it contains retinoids, has minimal to no effect on the appearance of stretch marks. Additionally, the demographic of women who are most interested in stretch mark creams, those who are pregnant or breast feeding, may be advised to avoid retinoids for potential adverse effects it may have on the baby.
IPL or Photofacial Treatments for Stretch Mark Removal
IPL treatments, also known as Photofacials, use intense pulsed light (IPL) to safely heat the top layers of the dermis. The thermal energy triggers the body’s natural healing mechanisms, resulting in numerous therapeutic benefits. One study measuring the effects of IPL therapy on the appearance of stretch marks “demonstrated an overall significant difference in the post-dermal treatment thickness and in the skin textures of the older stretch mark lesions. Studies have demonstrated that IPL replaced dermal elastosis with neo-collagen, which explains its usefulness in improving stretch marks.”¹
Stretch Mark Removal with Radio Frequency (Venus Viva)
Treatments using Radio Frequency (RF) are another non-invasive option for diminishing the appearance of striae. At Avahlee Medical Spa in Lehi, stretch mark removal treatments are performed using the Venus Viva. The Venus Viva removes stretch marks by combining two effective therapies to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism: Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT) and radiofrequency (RF) energy. This combination stimulates healing on several levels. During your stretch mark removal treatment, the Venus Viva creates micro-channels to facilitate the delivery of radiofrequency (RF) energy. This thermal energy triggers a wound healing cascade and the body to creates more collagen to remodel the damaged tissue.
The effect of RF technology on the appearance of striae is further explained in a study published in the journal of Dermatologic Surgery. According to researchers “collagen fibril contraction occurs immediately after RF treatments, which induces new collagen formation.” The study noted that “89% of the patients showed good to very good overall improvement” of their stretch marks.
Stretch Mark Removal in Utah County
Venus Viva treatment is the gold standard for stretch mark removal. Learn more about stretch mark treatments using radio frequency from Avahlee Medical Spa, the premier provider of professional stretch mark removal treatments in Utah County.
Laser Stretch Mark Removal
Laser stretch mark removal is another effective stretch mark removal treatment. Fractional lasers deliver thermal energy deep into the skin’s layers to trigger the body’s healing processes. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, which evaluated the effectiveness of laser and light therapies on the appearance of stretch marks “Lasers…can significantly improve the appearance of both striae rubra [newer stretch marks] and striae albae [older stretch marks.”] This makes laser stretch mark removal effective for treating wide, reddish stretch marks that recently developed as well as tackling old stretch marks that are thin, and white or silver in color.
Surgical Stretch Mark Removal (Tummy Tuck)
Non-invasive therapies, such as laser stretch mark removal can greatly diminish the appearance of striae, but only surgical stretch mark removal can actually get rid of stretch marks altogether. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty is the most performed surgical procedure for removing stretch marks. During a tummy tuck, the abdominal wall is strengthened and excess skin and fat is removed, including the skin below the navel that gets stretch marks following pregnancy. Besides getting rid of stretch marks after pregnancy, an additional benefit of a tummy tuck for women who just gave birth is the removal of excess skin. When compared to other stretch mark treatments, the disadvantages of a tummy tuck include scarring, an invasive procedure, and greater expenses.
Stretch Mark Removal in Lehi, UT
If you live in Utah County, or nearby communities and are looking for the best Laser Stretch Mark Removal for diminishing striae, call Avahlee Medical Spa at (801) 341-8341 today. Avahlee is a premier skin and laser spa, conveniently located in Lehi, UT. Specializing in non-invasive cosmetic treatments, Avahlee uses the advanced Venus Viva System to improve the appearance of stretch marks, so you can love the skin you are in.
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