Pregnancy may be one of the most amazing experiences in a woman’s life, but it can also cause sometimes overwhelming and lasting changes to the body. Stretch marks are perhaps one of the most dreaded changes, as they can be permanent and unsightly.

Over half of pregnant women are likely to develop stretch marks, and while some will be relatively unaffected, some women can find their abdomen (and even buttocks, hips, thighs and breasts) covered in red or purplish marks. The marks can be accompanied by itching or dryness in the skin around them.

Unfortunately, they can run in the family, and if your mother suffered, you may be more likely to get them. Excessive weight gain can also be a cause of their development, and diet should be healthy in order to avoid putting on too much extra weight. The skin can only stretch so far before the dermis reaches its limits of elasticity!

Some skin care products, such as Rose E can help with the appearance and comfort of the skin, and laser treatments can be very effective at stretch mark removal. A combination of microdermabrasion, Laser Therapy and ultrasound treatment uses deep exfoliation to remove affected skin cells, while the laser stimulates regeneration, resulting in a much-improved appearance.