If you have unsightly stretch marks due to being pregnant or just gaining weight, you probably want to know how to get rid of them. Many women and men have been wondering the same thing for many years. There are so many commercial products that claim to aid in the reduction of stretch marks that there could be a whole store devoted to the process. Unfortunately, most over-the-counter stretch mark removal products do not work.
Women have tried creams, lotions and other home remedies for many years and the most they have achieved is very soft skin and the reduction in the appearance of the stretch marks that naturally occurs over time. People who have been able to reduce their stretch marks to the point where they are barely visible start topical treatments as soon as the lines appear. The sooner you notice the stretch marks, the easier they are to minimize.
Creams and lotions that contain cocoa butter can minimize the appearance of, but not remove stretch marks. Your dermatologist may be able to perform a glycolic acid treatment on the affected area. The treatment will not be covered by your health insurance, so be sure to check the cost before agreeing to any cosmetic treatment. Lasers can be effective in the reduction of stretch marks. As with other cosmetic treatments, laser therapy will not be a covered benefit on your health insurance plan, so do your research before having laser treatment.
The good news is that over time, stretch marks generally become less apparent. Attempts to remove them can be costly and sometimes ineffective. More info: stretch marks removal