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As I get older, I’m constantly searching for ways to maintain a youthful appearance. I faithfully apply moisturizer to my face two times each day. I also regularly utilize a portable microdermabrasion system. However, despite my efforts, I’m starting to notice some undesirable fine lines around my mouth and under my eyes. Therefore, I may need to step up my plan. I know my available options are plentiful. For example, I could choose to inject collagen into my lips, get Botox injections, or undergo a chemical peel. On this blog, you will learn about the advantages of undergoing various cosmetic procedures.


A New You for the New Year

Scarred Tummy? How To Get Rid Of Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Adam Newman

Stretch marks seem to be part of the female experience. In fact, 80 percent of people have stretch marks. And women who have given birth are more at risk for stretch marks than the general population. So if you're a woman who has recently given birth, chances are that you have pesky stretch marks on your tummy. Fortunately, stretch marks do fade to a light, silver color with time. However, they never really go away unless you do something to get rid of them. Following are three ways to get rid of pregnancy stretch marks on your stomach. 

Topical Creams

Although many topical creams and treatments will do very little for your stretch marks, retinol creams may help. Studies have shown that applying the cream regularly reduces both the length and width of stretch marks and makes them less noticeable. It is believed that the cream increases collagen production within the skin and restores pigmentation to even out the skin tone. Nearly 80 percent of women who used the cream during a clinical trial conducted by the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan Medical Center saw an improvement. 

Dermatological Treatments

Your dermatologist may also be able to help. Treatments, such as laser therapy and collagen fillers, can reduce the coloration of stretch marks and fill in the depression in the skin caused by them. If your stretch marks have already faded to a light color and are too light against your natural skin tone, there are laser treatments that stimulate color production in the stretch marks as well. The appearance, depth, and coloration of your stretch marks will determine which treatments are right for you, so you have to rely on your dermatologist's expertise when selecting services. 

Plastic Surgery

While all of the above treatments help, they don't remove stretch marks completely. The only way to truly get rid of all of your stretch marks is to remove the skin through a tummy tuck operation. A tummy tuck can remove scarred skin and pull the rest of your unmarked skin tight against you. So it's kind of like a two-for-one thing. You can get rid of your stretch marks and get a flat tummy at the same time. 

As you can see, there are several ways to get rid of stretch marks after pregnancy. Only you can decide which treatment is right for you. If you need help deciding, be sure to consult with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.