What should you do if, despite all your best efforts, your pregnancy has left you with unsightly stretch marks?

Unfortunately, the majority of women will develop stretch marks at some point in their pregnancy, usually during the final trimester. During this period, the skin is put under the most pressure to stretch to accommodate the rapidly growing baby.

At the same time, the body is preparing for labour, and hormones are softening ligaments in the pelvis. These hormones can also make the skin less resistant and more likely to develop stretch marks.

While massage and creams can help keep skin well-nourished and hydrated, there is no need to panic if stretch marks still appear on the stomach, legs, breasts or arms. You do not need to wait for the purple or red marks to fade to a less noticeable silver, either.

Microdermabrasion and laser treatment can significantly improve the appearance of skin affected by stretch marks, allowing you to recover your confidence post-baby. The deep exfoliation of the skin removes the damaged superficial layers, revealing the radiant new skin beneath.

A laser stimulates the production of new skin cells and collagen, meaning those marks fade away, leaving healthy, new skin in their place!