If you’re currently pregnant or plan to be in the near future, you may want to start considering taking preventative action now to avoid having to deal with one of the most common and frustrating skin issues known to womankind – stretch marks.
Unfortunately, these painfully obnoxious dermal scars don’t discriminate against anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re caucasian, African-American, Chinese, or blue… if your skin gets pushed beyond its natural limits from pregnancy, rapid weight loss, or any kind of growth whatsoever – those devilish ripples will likely leave their mark on your skin.
About Stretch Marks
Don’t let anyone fool you, either. Once stretch marks have appeared – they are an absolute pain to get rid of. That’s why it’s recommended that you start caring for your skin on your stomach, breasts, thighs, and buttocks sooner rather than later. It’s especially wise to take preventative action to hopefully avoid developing the marks in the first place. But even if they do pop up, it’s best to start treating them immediately so they’ll go away faster rather than waiting weeks or months to do anything about it.
The most common areas these scars develop are on the belly, stretch marks often appear on the breasts, on the thighs, sometimes on arms, and, of course, stretch marks are commonly found on the butt as well.
How can you deal with these annoying lines and discolorations? You first line of defense should be to use a topical stretch mark cream such as TriLastin-SR. These creams work wonders for both preventing and treating stretch marks. They’re affordable, incredibly simple to use, and, for most people – they’re very effective.
Other treatment methods typically involve going to a dermatologist and having laser sessions done on the affected areas. This isn’t always necessary, though, and it often costs a small fortune to have done. Each laser sessions typically costs at least $200 and, depending on how bad the marks are, you may need more than just one treatment to fully remove the ripples from your body.
The last resort, if both creams and lasers have failed you, is to go to a plastic surgeon and have a skin tightening procedure done. For most pregnant women this typically means getting either a tummy-tuck or a “mommy makeover”. These are very intrusive surgeries that cost thousands of dollars, require a lot of time for recovery, and will potentially leave permanent scars from stitches.
Yes, surgery is the most effective method of treating stretch marks, but it should absolutely be your last option. We highly recommend trying out a topical cream first, especially if you’re looking to prevent the development of marks or the stretch marks you do have are relatively new (less than 6 months old). The creams have been proven to work very well in these situations.