Topical Creams Tried
Most treatments used so far have not been very successful. Certainly rubbing in oils and Vitamin E creams does not produce any noticeable improvement.
Dual Yellow Laser
The Dual Yellow Laser utilising the yellow 578nm wavelength and a contact tip applied to the areas of and about the stretch marks has shown some good benefits. A series of sessions is required, often four to six. There can be some recurrence over time, but this can be retreated to produce another improvement.
Stretch Marks after Dual Yellow Laser Treatment - arrowed side only treated
The sessions are very comfortable with only a slight heat sensation being experienced. There can be some redness present in the area for an hour or so afterwards. The laser appears to work by at least a couple of methods. Redness associated with more superficial blood vessels in the stretch mark is reduced. And the light does cause some collagen and elastin stimulation.
Care needs to be taken with darker skin types, although generally this has not been a problem in our hands. See more>
In the past we have used medical microdermabrasion at Springdale which can help in the twin effects of some local resurfacing as well as in deeper collagen stimulation. The latter effect is really the main cause of the changes.
Our experience has led us to to not favour this method as much any more.
In some types the marks go after a few treatments. Others will take a longer series. And the larger ones will tend to reduce in size and colour but not go completely. See more>
Other Treatments Used Elsewhere
Wraps and Surface Peels, although they are touted as having benefits, are likely to have only a temporary change through affecting the surface skin. Deeper collagen and elastin fibres generally are not targeted. Although croton oil is supposed to have a deeper effect.