For most women, stretch marks are an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy. Despite all of the advances doctors have made over the past few decades, there’s still no surefire way to prevent them; likewise, there’s nothing you can do to get rid of them completely. However, you can fade their appearance and shrink their width with light-based treatments.
A series of IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments can help calm down the redness of newer stretch marks, and some plastic surgeons report that three to five treatments of fractional resurfacing can improve their appearance, as well.
Recent research shows that the Nd:Yag laser, often used for hair removal, may also be an effective treatment for stretch marks. Although further studies must be conducted, patients in one study saw significant results with very few side effects.
Timing is essential when treating stretch marks, so it’s important to treat them while they are still purple or red in order to get the best results. Keep in mind, light-based treatments are safe while breastfeeding.
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