With stars and celebrities scrutinised for signs that pregnancy may have left behind on their bodies, it is not surprising that we are also fascinated by their approaches to getting back into shape.

While some invest heavily in creams, lotions and potions, others go for laser treatment or airbrushing, while some are just lucky!

It can be difficult to prevent stretch marks from appearing, although you can help the skin to cope better with the stretching by making sure that it is kept well-hydrated and supple.

Once they have appeared, they can be difficult to get rid of and can affect how confidently you feel about your body.

Microdermabrasion and laser treatment can provide really effective stretch mark removal. The safe removal of damaged layers of skin reveals smother and healthier new skin underneath. The laser also stimulates the production of new skin cells and collagen, which is essential if your skin is to recover its elasticity and plumpness.

Look after your skin by using gentle and appropriate products, but if the stretch marks appear, do not put up with them – get them removed!