Which stretch mark treatment should I choose?

  • ShagonTheHate

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    Jan 18, 2010 5:47 PM GMT
    First of all, mine are 3,5 months old and still reddish, although they are fading a little. They still itch and burn, I'm seeing a dermatologist about that first.

    After that, since I live in a country that's a little left behindicon_sad.gif, I was able to find the following treatments available.

    First is radiofrequency and I believe it's a little cheaper than the rest.

    Second are PDL laser + Fraxel 1500 (the doctor said they'd become to about 30% better). This is another doctor, not the one with the radiofrequency treatment (he's a plastic surgeon in another private clinic).

    Which one is better? I'm asking because I hope someone has tried them or knows more about this stuff. I know the best answer is to ask a doctor, but I need objective opinions because many doctors just want to sell you their treatment.
  • ShagonTheHate

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    Jan 18, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    Third would be some newer fractionated non-ablative laser, but I've been reading only bad comments about the doctor who uses it. He's the only one in this country who has it.
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    Jan 18, 2010 7:43 PM GMT
    I've never even had mine looked at; I don't see an immediate need to nor do I see it as "life threatening" enough to need any attention. All I do for them is put a little cacao butter lotion on them when they're pulling tight.

    Yes, they're big, bright red, and hurt like hell after a heavy workout, but I like to think of them more as a "badge of honor" than simply "ugly".

    Stop wasting your money and go take 20 minutes a day to get some sun exposure to even the skin color. You'll be stuck with them for life even with surgery, especially considering you're only looking at 30% improvement.
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    Jan 18, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    ShagonTheHate saidAfter that, since I live in a country that's a little left behindicon_sad.gif


    I hope this was a joke.

    /I have nothing to add to what flex89 said.

    Edit: Nevermind. Now that I read your profile, I get it. Still Croatia barely fits into "a little behind".
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    Jan 18, 2010 8:41 PM GMT
    http://www.strivectin.com/sd/strivectinsd_1.html
  • ShagonTheHate

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    Jan 18, 2010 10:34 PM GMT
    rightasrain saidhttp://www.strivectin.com/sd/strivectinsd_1.html


    Did it actually work for you?
  • ShagonTheHate

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    Jan 18, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    flex89 I like that you're not concerned about yours, but my biggest concern is that they burn and hurt, nothing that hurts can be seen as good for your health (except sex perhapsXD)... About exposing them to direct sunlight while they're fresh, I'd rather not...
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    Jan 18, 2010 11:47 PM GMT


    While I do not exactly know what your fitness goals may be, I would NOT recommend getting any form of treatment for them if you are planning to bulk up. If you are comfortable with the way you look and do not want to increase your mass then it would okay to go ahead with these procedures. Some treatment options actually weaken your skin for several months, which would ultimately result in the appearance of MORE stretch marks.

    If they are an absolute concern to you, I would suggest that you get a spray on tan to make them less noticeable.
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    Jan 19, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    Go with the laser resurfacing. Photobucket
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    Jan 19, 2010 2:54 AM GMT
    ShagonTheHate said
    rightasrain saidhttp://www.strivectin.com/sd/strivectinsd_1.html


    Did it actually work for you?


    never used it Shagon... i just remember reading about it a while ago and thought i'd let you know about it. the internet is full of personal opinion about whether it works. there was also a ripoff version/brand that was half the cost with the exact same ingredients. couldn't locate it on the internet though. good luck.
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    Jan 20, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    oh wow...surgery for stretch marks?????

    you will then have a scar?

    in Australia we have a product called Bio oil.......its cheap and evens skin tone, helps scars...and really lessened my stretch marks.....i was 150kg so i know all about stretch marks!

    Craig
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    Jan 21, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    rightasrain said
    ShagonTheHate said
    rightasrain saidhttp://www.strivectin.com/sd/strivectinsd_1.html


    Did it actually work for you?


    never used it Shagon... i just remember reading about it a while ago and thought i'd let you know about it. the internet is full of personal opinion about whether it works. there was also a ripoff version/brand that was half the cost with the exact same ingredients. couldn't locate it on the internet though. good luck.


    Hey I herd of that too. I looked it up online and a lot of people said it works, but then again for over a 100, I hope it does lol.

    I have stretch marks too and UNFORTUNATELY, they aren't red anymore, so apparently that means they are permanent. Cool... oh wait, not so much.
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    Jan 21, 2010 3:59 AM GMT
    ShagonTheHate saidflex89 I like that you're not concerned about yours, but my biggest concern is that they burn and hurt, nothing that hurts can be seen as good for your health (except sex perhapsXD)... About exposing them to direct sunlight while they're fresh, I'd rather not...


    Of course they fucking hurt, that's what the lotion's for lol.

    If you're absolutely bent on getting surgery, wait until your weight's been stable for at least six months. If you keep gaining you're not gonna get much benefit and you may even make it worse.
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    Jan 21, 2010 7:58 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]EGOMANIAC said[/cite]

    I just watched this video and have to say that the stretch marks on the patient weren't anywhere near as blaring as the tramp stamp, I guess addition of one or removal of the other is a matter of personal preference.
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    Jan 27, 2010 12:09 PM GMT
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    Feb 02, 2010 7:00 PM GMT
    Craigjd saidoh wow...surgery for stretch marks?????

    you will then have a scar?

    in Australia we have a product called Bio oil.......its cheap and evens skin tone, helps scars...and really lessened my stretch marks.....i was 150kg so i know all about stretch marks!

    Craig



    Bio Oil is fantastic....very popular in the uk bb world.
  • ShagonTheHate

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    Feb 03, 2010 10:43 AM GMT
    I'll be posting this here as well...

    So... I've already seen a dermatologist and she advised me not to undergo any ablative laser treatments because they might make it even worse, since they pretty much peel of your skin so that new one grows. She said it might even produce bigger scars... But she did advise me to try radiofrequency treatmets if I want, since they're not invasive.

    So yeah, I've been moisturizing regularly for 4 months with Weleda Rose Body Oil http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/wild-rose-body-oil.aspx , my stretch marks aren't that red anymore plus they've shrunk (I measured themXD) about 1 mm. My weight has been almost stable (lost perhaps 6 pounds in 4 months, but some of that is probably water) and I've been avoiding doing really heavy stuff. I have no idea if they're healing on their own or if it's from the body oil or they've shrunk because my skin tightened a little from losing the 6 pounds but they have improved a little.

    Plus, today was my first radiofrequency treatment. It didn't take more than 10 minutes, but that's ok since it ain't that comfortableicon_rolleyes.gif. Imagine something like pinching the skin combined with needle or perhaps bee stings. But nothing anyone couldn't handle, I've experienced much much worse things. It basically breaks down your collagen so it restructures and makes new one over time. I've been promised up to 50% in reduction of stretch marks, so mine are now let's say 2/3/4 mm wide so I expect them to be at least another 1 mm thinner (which really does make a huge difference). If they end up being thin lines I'll be grateful to God (and doctors) for the rest of my life. It takes about 4-5 treatments with 3 weeks apart during treatments. I don't think they've shrunk yetXD, but the skin is tighter I think, that slightly muffled feeling of the skin where you have stretch marks is almost gone, or am I just imagining things. Anyways, I'll keep you all posted on the results. I've been said it takes 6-12 months to see the final thing, but I expect that after these 3-4 months of treatments are over it will look better already. Oh yeah and about the redness, I've been told that zapping that with lasers or IPL is pretty much a waste of money since the red color goes away on it's own over time and you can't really be sure the pigment will be back from laser treatments.
  • ShagonTheHate

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    Feb 03, 2010 10:47 AM GMT
    After the treatment I feel fine for now, I've been told it doesn't affect your life at all, there are no visible scars or redness from the treatment since it all happens in the dermis. It stings a little but I think that's normal after being zapped with electricity.