Stretch Marks: Ways To Reduce Their Appearance
Unfortunately the causes of stretch marks are not completely understood, but it is well established that stretch marks appear primarily during periods of rapid growth, substantial weight gain, or late term pregnancy which indicates that when regions of skin are put under increased stressed these stretch marks are a normal result. Some unlucky people appear to be much more susceptible to getting stretch marks than others are, and this combined with a history of stretch marks in a family may show a clear indicator that there is also a genetic factor to stretch marks. For skin and cosmetic purposes, a stretch mark is very similar in appearance and physical makeup to scar tissue, and can be treated in some of the same ways as scars with the same cosmetic procedures.
It is important to note that stretch marks do not generally pose any actual health risk, nor do they generally indicated a deeper condition that could be a health risk and you should consider this before deciding to go under any cosmetic procedures to reduce or remove your stretch marks. Should you decide that you do wish to go forward with a cosmetic procedure with the goal of removing or reducing your stretch marks you should know that there are a wide variety of options available. The severity of your stretch marks should shape your decision to opt for more or less invasive procedures and in deciding how to deal with your condition. Remember that some stretch marks will fade given a little time, and require little or no treatment to get to a state you find acceptable. Due to this natural fading process you may wish to wait for a certain amount of time before you make your decision if a cosmetic procedure to deal with your stretch marks is appropriate.
The nature of your stretch marks will also define the way in which you treat them. Minor stretch marks can occasionally be effectively treated with topical creams meant to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks to a negligible level without actually removing them entirely. For more extreme stretch marks it may be necessary to turn to modern advances in medical technology particularly those involving the use of laser technology which has created a wide range of more intensive options for dealing with stretch marks.
The best way to figure out if you would be likely to be a good candidate for a cosmetic procedure to reduce the visibility of your stretch marks is to take steps to educate yourself about all of the available treatment options that you can. In doing so you will have the opportunity to compare your stretch marks with the stretch marks of other people who have undergone a cosmetic procedure akin to the one you are considering. This comparison process will give you a highly accurate idea about the limits and benefits that the different treatment options can provide for you.