Friday, December 3, 2010

Stretch Marks Laser Skin Treatment

Most people can easily identify stretch marks. These are usually lines on the skin that are initially red in color but then slowly become either violet or pink. Afterward, even though their color fades, the lines remain forever.
In general, three parts of the body skin – that is, the abdomen, the thighs and the breast – are most likely to develop stretch marks. As the name suggests, the stretch marks are a result of the stretching of the body skin which may occur for several reasons. For instance, when children are growing rapidly, their skin stretches to support the growth. In addition, women who are pregnant develop stretch marks – especially on their abdomen. Finally, all people – no matter how old they are – can get stretch marks on their skin if they put on weight very fast.
People have always been aggravated by the formation of stretch marks on their skin. As a result, even in the last century, they used to put on a topical cream with Retin-A  (tretinoin) regularly on their affected skin. However, the treatment was extremely medieval since it used to last for at least one year, and even after that, most people could find no improvement in the appearance of their skin. As a result, nowadays, most people resort to laser skin treatment to get rid of stretch marks.
In general, stretch marks, which have recently formed, are most likely to be removed through laser treatment. And the best thing is that most people will need to get just one or sometimes two treatments to get visible improvements. However, it is suggested that people get the laser treatment for several times to get the best results.
One of the best research on the effectiveness of laser treatments was presented in the year of 2002 – during the year-end conference of the American Society for Laser in Surgery and Medicine. The most interesting finding of the research was the effectiveness of the laser surgery in removing quite old stretch marks.
Several women participated in the research. All of them had to get 5 to 10 minute long treatments to remove the stretch marks that formed on their buttocks, upper arms and thighs. Even though the marks do become less visible after the treatment, they do not completely disappear. Moreover, the marks remain the same in texture and indentation.

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