What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are blemishes on the stomach that are shaped like lines or stripes. They are caused when the skin has been stretched and is unable to get back to its original shape. This happens after pregnancy or after losing weight. Stretch marks are treated using topical medications, laser assisted procedures and surgical procedures. Sometimes stretch marks fade on their own over time.
How are Stretch Marks removed?
Stretch marks are usually treated by using retinoid creams containing Vitamin A. Other treatments include microdermabrasion, where crystals are blown to remove a layer of skin, laser assisted treatments to tighten the skin or by abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck; a surgical procedure.
Is Stretch Mark Removal painful?
Dermatologists will use local anaesthesia or numbing creams while performing laser assisted stretch mark removal or microdermabrasion. Abdominoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthesia.
How long does recovery take after Stretch Mark Removal treatments?
Patients will recover from microdermabrasion or laser assisted stretch mark treatments within a week. Recovery from abdominoplasty surgery will take between one to three months.
What after care is required after Stretch Mark Removal treatment?
Patients should take all prescribed medications and apply all prescribed topical medications correctly. They should sleep on their backs with their heads elevated after abdominoplasty. They should avoid direct sunlight. They should place ice packs on the treated area after laser stretch mark treatments or microdermabrasion.
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