Can you actually get rid of stretch marks? This is a question any pregnant mother asks. Although there are products available, it is crucial that you tend to the stretch marks during the early six-weeks of developing them. When the skin experience extreme stretching, it will not bounce back. There is a threshold to anything and the same thing applies to the elasticity of the skin. The extreme stretching of the skin snap the elastic fibers, and where your skin was once springy, it will suddenly look sprung. When the skin goes under excessive stretching, indentions and stripes appear. These are often purple or pink in colour.
So the question remains: Can you actually get rid of stretch marks? The answer is yes. If your stretch marks are relatively new, there are creams and oils that will be able to help rebuild collagen and heal your skin. It is crucial that this is done in the early six weeks. There is also a pulsed laser procedure that also rebuilds elastin and collagen, which retextures the marks while they are still new. The oils, creams and laser procedure works best only for early or new stretch marks, or striae, which it is also known as.
For older stretch marks, you can consider a procedure called Microdermabrasion. This procedure resurfaces the skin by blasting tiny crystals onto your skin and vacuuming them up at the same time. This procedure only affects the top layer of the affected area, but it does promote skin growth. The other procedure is called Excimer lasers, and this procedure promotes the development of melanin into the stretch marks to help even out the colour. You can minimize the appearance of striae by using creams, but this depends on many factors.