Many women and men who are unhappy with the effects that stretch marks have on the appearance of their skin find themselves exploring the internet for treatment options.
What can they do to make these discolored lines go away?
There are a variety of treatments available, some more effective than others. To understand why that’s the case, it’s important to first review a little bit about how stretch marks form. Then we’ll be able to understand a little better the differences in effectiveness between professional treatments and home remedies.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
As their name suggests, stretch marks, or striae, form when skin is stretched faster than it can normally grow, and its middle layers are damaged.
The top and deepest layers remain largely unaffected, but the blood vessels and tissues of the middle show through.
After some time, those blood vessels recede and leave a pale-colored fatty layer visible.
How Can Stretch Marks Heal?
The stretch mark itself is a scar that’s left over from the skin’s own process of healing from damage. As such, they never completely disappear on their own, and the only way to completely remove them is through surgery.
Of course, surgery is an expensive and highly invasive option, so those who suffer from stretch marks naturally want to know about other possibilities.
What Treatments are Available?
Some treatments for stretch marks have been around for many years, and others are more recent discoveries of medical science.
All of them have different degrees of effectiveness, and not all of them will be ideal for every single person.
Some of the home remedies that you might be able to find instructions for online include using creams and oils, such as argan oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and even aloe vera. These can be prepared in a variety of mixtures to form topical treatments and scrubs.
You may also be able to find professionally-prepared creams and scrubs for application at home.
Other home remedy instructions include some basic changes to your diet, most of which we should probably all be doing regardless of whether we have stretch marks. Examples include drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day and eating foods rich in vitamins C and E.
Laser treatment is one of the more well-known options for treating stretch marks, but it can be painful.
Professional stretch mark treatments like the ones offered at Bold Body Medical Spa in Lehi use less-invasive medical technology such as 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 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 within the body, which creates more collagen to remodel the damaged tissue.
How Effective are Home Remedies Compared to Professional Treatments?
This is perhaps the most important factor to consider.
While some home remedies may succeed at improving the appearance of stretch marks, there’s little research proving that they will do so.
One thing is definitely certain, though, which is that no topical remedy is ever going to be as effective as the more advanced treatment techniques, because it’s much harder or almost impossible for them to reach the damaged layers of skin below the surface.
Aside from that, it’s much more difficult to prepare your own remedies in the most effective mixtures. There’s a lot of guesswork and experimentation involved, which means that they can take much more time to produce effective results.
Professional treatments, on the other hand, are much more likely to bear good fruit, and sooner!