While some people are proud of their stretch marks, most are not

Posted on 11 Aug, 2011

Even though most mothers will say that the most important thing to them during their pregnancy was the health of their child, many will also say that stretch marks are a source of upset and frustration. Although women have other priorities just after giving birth, when their attention turns to losing the remains of the bump, stretch marks can be a real problem.

All women are at risk of developing stretch marks during pregnancy, and most do, to some extent. Many will simply wait for the scars to fade, and live with them. Some even say they consider them as badges of honour, and a reminder of pregnancy and their status as mothers.

Most women, particularly those who are badly affected, just want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. While there are some creams on the market which claim to remove stretch marks, their efficacy is not always guaranteed. Some creams may even be too harsh for the skin and cause irritation and damage.

Effective stretch mark removal needs a combination of microdermabrasion and laser therapy. The microdermabrasion removes the upper layers of skin, revealing new and healthy skin below, while the laser stimulates the production of new skin cells and collagen.