What is Better, Cream or Laser Stretch Mark Reduction?
Stretch marks: those dreaded “tiger stripes” that can appear with a growth spurt, weight gain and weight loss, and pregnancy – and can make looking in the mirror and seeing them an uncomfortable experience. Both men and women can get stretch marks at any point during their lives, and they can be unsightly and make us ashamed of our bodies. These can be found on legs, thighs, arms, breasts, and the stomach – just to name a few locations. Luckily, over the years, there have been more and more ways to reduce the appearance of stretch marks or eliminate them altogether. This is usually done by using creams or laser stretch mark reduction. However, many are on the fence about which method is truly better for getting rid of these unsightly marks.
Creams for Stretch Mark Reduction
When it comes to stretch mark creams, there are many to choose from on the market. There are some that you use several times a day to help with preventing stretch marks, some that are moisturizer-based, and some that actually promise to remove them altogether. For existing stretch marks, creams that contain retinoids are often your best bet, as they help to stimulate collagen production in the skin to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. However, these creams do not always work as well as many individuals may hope they will. It is, however, important to note that these are great choices for those who are on a budget and do not have a lot of money to spend on treatment for stretch marks.
Laser Stretch Mark Reduction
Laser stretch mark reduction may sound like it would be a painful and last-ditch effort to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but in fact, it is the opposite. Laser stretch mark reduction is a procedure that uses a fractional ablative radio-frequency pixel laser in order to help use light to stimulate the production of collagen within the skin. This results in a tighter and smoother thin, reducing the appearance of stretch marks. While laser stretch mark reduction may help and work much better than traditional creams, it is also important to know that these treatments tend to cost more, require several visits to the doctor in order to get the treatments, and can be more time-consuming than using creams. However, if you are able to, this procedure tends to work much better than creams and can give you longer-lasting results that are more drastic than those that creams can offer.
If you would like to learn more about stretch marks and ways to prevent and treat them, including laser stretch mark reduction, call the office of Dr. Ghozland today!