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Stretch Mark Removal: Finding The Right Option

Mar 1, 2008
Many women enquire about various stretch mark removal options post pregnancy. Almost 90% of pregnant women do end up getting pregnancy spots. However, with the treatments available today, there is no need to worry about stretch marks. On the other hand, if you have not taken care of yourself during pregnancy period and you have ended up with some really bad red lines, then you do need to worry. There is a huge chance that you might never be stretch mark free.

Sudden weight gain is the primary cause of it during pregnancy. As the skin stretches beyond its limits, the collagen breaks up, thus leading to ugly lines. In the initial stage, it appears as red or dark horizontal lines along the skin. Over a period of time, if not taken care of, they become whitish lines.

Whether you would get stretch marks or not, depends on your heredity. If your mother had them, then you would most probably get them also. It also depends on your ethnicity. The greater the melanin in your skin, the lesser are your chances. Pregnant women who drink lot of water, exercise, and eat a balanced diet are lesser prone to it.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Doctors always say that it is best to prevent it than to treat them. However, if you do get them, there are number of options that you can consider. Your first option for treatment would be to go for a lotion for pregnancy lines. Go for creams containing Vitamin A, Vitamin E, cocoa butter, shea butter, wheat germ oil, lanolin, Aloe Vera, etc. Lotions help to rebuild your skin structure and thereby aid in the removal process.

Once you have bought a lotion, you should try it out for some time. You will not be seeing the results in one or two weeks. But if over a period of month or so, you do not see any results; you should opt for another lotion. Often a lotion that has worked for your friend might not do the trick for you. So, you have to keep trying various lotions, before you hit upon the right one for you.

Other Options

If lotions do not give you the results, you can go for laser treatment for stretch marks. Laser treatment is quite expensive and time consuming. If you are not able to make up your mind about laser treatment, it is best to first read on the subject. There are many books, articles, and websites that provide detailed information on all aspects of the topics. Be sure to learn about the pros and cons of laser treatment.

To find out what the best option for you is, you can always consult your physician. Besides telling you about various lotions, laser treatment, and home remedies, he/she would also inform you about blue light therapy and plastic surgery. Discuss thoroughly with your doctor and you would be able to reach the right decision. However, I always say that, before you go for expensive surgery or laser treatment for stretch mark removal, it is better to try out the lotions and some home remedies.
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Weight gain is the main cause of stretch marks during pregnancy. There are lotions for pregnancy stretch marks as well as laser treatment for stretch marks available as options for stretch mark removal
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