The best stretch-mark treatments are available via your dermatologist or cosmetic clinic, since you need to alter the deeper layers of the skin using special devices or applications to see any real difference. No one solution works best for everyone, so getting your stretch marks evaluated is a good starting place.
Stretch-mark creams have not been found to be effective at removing stretch marks, since stretch marks are in the dermal layer of the skin, which is the deeper layers, where creams cannot penetrate.
Retinoic acid may help in some stretch-marks. The study results are mixed, but this acid gets into the upper layers of skin and stimulates collagen production, which can help remodel stretch marks. This cream is only available by prescription, and new stretch marks respond the best. Results take some time to develop.
Laser, light and radiofrequency treatments
Lasers can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, as can light and radiofrequency treatments. They all work on collagen under the skin to remodel stretch marks. Multiple treatments will be required, so managing instant expectations is a good idea. Wave-based treatments are very useful when treating skin issues, particularly scarring.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is gaining in popularity. PRP is extracted from your own blood on-site at the time of your appointment, then injected into the skin using special injector guns with tiny needles. This may be used with other devices for maximum effect. PRP is one of the newest and most interesting cosmetic treatments, because it contains your own stem cells. This means it’s considered quite safe, and is being used across medicine in a multitude of ways, for example assisting in wound healing.