Stretch marks typically appear in the later stages of pregnancy and start off as pink, reddish-brown or purple. After childbirth, they transition into a silvery-white color (mature scar tissue). Stretch marks are a form of scar tissue, and no treatment can completely eliminate them. So, is there any way to reduce the appearance of stretch marks?
Most products marketed as preventative or reducing stretch marks are just moisturizers without evidence of their effectiveness. Different stages of stretch marks require different treatments. For early-stage stretch marks, high-concentration vitamin A acid cream can be used, but it requires a doctor’s prescription and is not suitable for breastfeeding women. Studies have also found that pulse-dye lasers and color light therapy can be used to target the early stages of stretch marks and accelerate their fading. Laser or light therapy after childbirth can enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
When stretch marks turn into silvery-white mature scar tissue, stronger treatment may be necessary. Fractional laser therapy, such as fractional CO2 laser or 1550/1927nm wavelength fractional laser, can create numerous tiny wounds in the skin and stimulate collagen production to reduce the appearance of scar tissue in stretch marks. Fractional laser therapy requires multiple sessions to be effective.
If you are breastfeeding and undergoing medical cosmetic treatments to address skin problems, it is crucial to be cautious. Like during pregnancy, some active ingredients may enter the mother’s body and breast milk, affecting the baby’s health. Fortunately, most medical cosmetic treatments, such as radiofrequency, lasers, and mild fruit acid, are safe for breastfeeding.
Certain skin problems need to be addressed soon after childbirth for optimal results. If you want to restore your skin as quickly as possible after childbirth, consult with a doctor for treatment options.