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Hiding or Removing Stretch Marks

Unlike what many people think, stretch marks, also known as striae, are a normal thing for just about everyone in the world. Striae usually happen when either someone grows or gains weight rapidly. This happens for most people either during puberty, pregnancy, or a sudden weight gain. It used to be the prevalent thought that there was nothing that could be done about these marks, but now that is no longer the case. Today, there are several options that a person has at their disposal that may remove these unattractive body imperfections. Some of these options will cost quite a bit of money, whereas others cost little or no money. Here are some of the options and their related cost.

  • Laser Removal. This is a recent development in elective cosmetic surgery. The laser removal of stretch marks employs a laser that is similar in nature to that used in LASIK eye surgery. As this is a surgery, there will be a recovery period after the procedure. This healing period typically ranges from a couple of days to a few weeks due to some blistering and burning that may have occurred during the procedure. This procedure is extremely effective in removing the striae, though those who undergo the procedure may have to come in as many as ten times for successful completion of the treatment. The cost for this procedure can start at around $200 per treatment, so this can get expensive real quick.
  • Cosmetic Creams. These have long been the "traditional" method used to remove the unwanted marks left by growing. It is fairly difficult to accurately gauge the effectiveness of these products. The results are always subjective, rather than objective. This option has one of the largest differences in its price range. For a five-month supply the cost can vary from $5 to $150. Risks for this option are relatively low, considering that they are limited to personal allergic reactions caused by ingredients.
  • Nature and Time. When the marks first start to appear they are going to show up as angry red or purple in appearance, but over time, and depending on your skin type they may disappear or fade in color. One of the best ways to determine if this is going to happen with any stretch marks that you have is to look at any scars that you might have. If those scars have faded and are hard to see, then the same thing will happen with your striae. Depending on how faded the scars are, you may decide to not use any of the possibilities listed here.
 

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