Actress Jennifer Ellison went from a size 8 to a size 18 when pregnant with her first child. Three months later, she had dropped three stone, and although she was reportedly happy with her new weight and her curvier post-pregnancy body, she hates the stretch marks left behind on her tummy. She has said she may have laser treatment to remove them.

Once stretch marks have appeared, they can be very difficult to remove. They are effectively a scar underneath the surface of the skin, caused when the skin stretches so far that damage occurs and elasticity is lost. They tend initially to be red or purple in colour, which makes them all the more visible.

Although they can fade over time to a silvery grey, they never usually disappear completely, which is why many women look for stretch mark removal treatments. A combination of microdermabrasion and laser therapy can significantly reduce stretch marks, thanks to the dual approach of removing damaged layers of skin and encouraging healthy new skin and collagen to grow in their place.

The treatment can help wherever the marks appear, helping women to face the world with confidence again.