If you have stretch marks, you may be guilty of not thinking ahead in your efforts to remove them. They are generally a cosmetic concern rather than a deep seated health issue and can be removed without resorting to invasive medical treatment. In the event that you do seek medical treatment for the removal of stretch marks, please remember that such treatments tend to only be partially effective and are rarely remove all traces. Below, we explain the following treatments which may help improve the appearance of stretch marks. Remember that none of these treatments can be deemed to be more successful than the others:

  • Tretinoin Cream
  • Fractional Photothermolysis
  • Excimer Laser
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Pulsed Laser Dye Therapy

Tretinoin Cream

This is also known as Renova and certain research studies have shown that it has the ability to improve the overall appearance of stretch marks. Stretch marks that are less than 6 weeks old and still have a pink or red hue are prime candidates for this treatment. It works by rebuilding collagen thus making your stretch marks look more like your normal skin. It can irritate your skin, is not effective on older stretch marks and must not be used in pregnancy.

Fractional Photothermolysis

Collagen and elastin growth is stimulated by wavelengths of light. Fractional damage is caused to tiny areas near the target zone but as the treated area remains relatively undamaged, the skin can heal rapidly.

Excimer Laser

Unlike other forms of laser therapy for stretch marks, an Excimer Laser doesn’t do anything for the growth of elastin or collagen. What happens is that melanin production is stimulated in the hope that repigmentation occurs. The idea is that the stretch marks become lighter in color and are more difficult to spot. Older stretch marks tend to benefit most from this treatment.


A medical expert holds a small device that blows crystals onto your skin. The crystals are left alone while they begin to polish the surface of the skin. A vacuum tube is introduced to remove the crystals and skin cells. The idea is to remove the top layer of your skin and cause new skin to grow. The newer your skin is, the more elastic it will be so it’s hoped that this can combat stretch marks.

Pulsed Laser Dye Therapy

As with other laser therapy treatments, collagen and elastin production is stimulated. If you have a darker skin tone, there is a chance that this form of therapy will alter it. It is said to be more effective on older stretch marks. When considering serious procedures to remove stretch marks, it is important to speak to the doctor in charge to discuss your expectations. As we have already stated, few stretch mark treatments of this kind are 100% successful and most are extremely expensive. You have to decide if removing the inconvenience of stretch marks from your life is worth the cost. Otherwise, you may be better off trying one of the dozens of clinically tested stretch mark removal creams on the market.