Stretch Mark Treatment Options

Anyone who has suffered from those unsightly stretch marks – whether from pregnancy, growth spurts or weight loss – has been hounded with which of the stretch mark treatment options will be suitable.

The appearance of stretch marks vary. Some are not noticeable or can be easily hidden, while some might appear to be darker, thicker, or deeper. If you are looking for ways to hide your marks, here are different stretch mark treatment options.

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Topical Treatments

One of the most common options for stretch marks that you will probably read is by using topical creams, lotions, gels, oils, or ointments. It seems an easy recourse because of the ease of use. Some topical treatments are readily available over-the-counter, and some are prescribed by a doctor. However, these topical treatments are usually best for reducing its prominence rather than treatment, as there is ZERO evidence that they can actually treat your stretch marks.

Cost

This stretch mark treatment is cost-effective. The average price for topical treatments is $10 to $100 per bottle or jar. Generally, one product can last for months. How much you need will also depend on your skin condition.

Effectiveness

Topical treatments need to be applied regularly to achieve the best results in preventing their appearance. For instance, you may need to apply the cream to your skin at least twice a day. This should be done every day for it to be effective and to enjoy long-lasting results.

Topical creams do not really remove stretch marks but can reduce its appearance. These can reduce stretch mark size or discoloration. However, since stretch marks are breaks in the skin, you will still usually feel some depressed areas where the marks were. They also take very long to work, if ever at all. Retinol is a better, more logical option.

Length of Treatment

Depending on the skin condition, using a topical treatment can take months or years before seeing results. For example, a stretch mark oil should be used for a minimum of 3 months. Additionally, it is important to consider that new stretch marks heal faster than old ones.

Risks

The most common risks associated with the use of topical creams are skin irritation and that the cream may not work on your skin. It is best to consult your doctor for a proper assessment and prescription.

Fractional Radiofrequency Laser Treatment

Fractional Radiofrequency works by applying heat that reaches below the skin’s surface to trigger collagen production. It stimulates the skin to repair itself. This treatment is minimally invasive, as it is often combined with Microneedling.

It can be used for saggy skin, wrinkles, facial lines, acne scars, traumatic scars, stretch marks, skin resurfacing, and skin rejuvenation.

Cost

The cost of Fractional RF treatment alone is around $200 to $3800. When paired with Microneedling, the total cost is around $650 to $4200. This will depend on the size and quantity of the stretch marks, and the number of sessions that you will need.

Effectiveness

Fractional Radiofrequency is effective for all skin tones. The treatment works well on its own, but it can be combined with other treatments for better results. Depending on the skin condition, Fractional RF can be combined with Microneedling, Fractional laser, and Fillers.

Length of Treatment

One session can take 30-45 minutes. Depending on the stretch marks, Fractional RF may take about 6-10 sessions scheduled weekly or every other week. Results can last for 1-5 years depending on the device used. The treatment can also be repeated.

Risks

While the procedure is said to be safe for most patients, the most well-known risk of Fractional RF is skin burn. Exposure to high levels of RF can be harmful, causing damage to the biological tissue.

This can be a severe as a third-degree burn like this Endymed warning, a treatment that combines Fractional RF and Microneedling. Fractional RF can be an expensive treatment that when done wrong, can lead to devastating results. It is also very important to follow proper aftercare procedures after this treatment.

Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo

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Tattooing techniques can effectively conceal scars and stretch marks. The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo works by using a custom pigment of permanent ink to match your natural skin tone. The pigments are then inserted into the skin to camouflage stretch marks. Think of it like permanent makeup or concealer.

Cost

The cost of a Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo will depend on the location and severity of the stretch marks. It also varies per tattoo specialist. Some charge around $3500. At Studio Conceal, the price ranges from $500-$2,000 per area, with the initial consultation free of charge. Financing options are also available.

Effectiveness

While this treatment is suitable for most skin types. It will best work on completely healed marks that are at least two years old and lighter than your skin tone. Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo also promotes skin healing by stimulating collagen and elastin production.

Results will last 5 years or longer, with the right aftercare. The pigment does not last as long as the traditional tattoo due to the difference in concentration. A traditional tattoo is more pigmented, while a camouflage tattoo is more diluted to match the natural skin tone.

This is also applicable to tummy tuck scar tattoos.

Length of Treatment

One session can take 1 to 5 hours, depending on the severity of the stretch marks. A minimum of two sessions is needed to cover stretch marks.

The average length of treatment for Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo is 45 to 60 days. However, if your stretch marks are dark or if you are prone to hyperpigmentation, the treatment may take longer.

Risks

The risk associated with Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo is skin irritation. However, this can be avoided with a skin patch test on the first appointment. Other than that, since a camouflage tattoo is a non-invasive treatment, the risk is quite minimal.

Make sure to have your stretch mark treatment done with a trained and reputable technician or studio to avoid any risks and enjoy maximum results.

Find out if you are a candidate for Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo

Ready for your transformation? The first step to getting a camouflage tattoo is assessing your stretch mark condition. You can also easily book your complimentary consultation at Studio Conceal.

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