A new advance in the treatment of stretch marks is the laser stretch mark removal procedure. This procedure promises to bring out younger and healthier looking skin after all necessary sessions have been carried out. Nobody likes stretch marks and because they seem to never go away, everyone who has stretch marks wants to get rid of them right away. While laser removal of stretch marks promises all these things, laser is a type of surgery and is considered invasive. It does have its risk factors, which we will discuss below.

Risk Factor 1: More Damage

The laser used in the laser removal of stretch marks has the ability to ablate the skin. This means a mishandled laser could result in superficial tissue damage. In this case, it will be extremely difficult to repair damage done by the laser because it has actually removed a considerable portion of your skin.

Risk Factor 2: Hyperpigmentation

Laser removal of stretch marks can cause hyperpigmentation. This means considerable amount of changes or discoloration in the skin. The discoloration can be very obvious. Hyperpigmentation caused by laser treatment is more likely to occur in darker skin tones. When this occurs, it is usually permanent and difficult to fix.

Risk Factor 3: Harsh Side Effects

Common side effects of laser treatments for stretch marks include redness, swelling, blistering and a burning sensation on the skin. People with very sensitive skin and have gone through laser surgery for the treatment of stretch marks may experience even harsher side effects. A brown discoloration my show up and even become permanent. There may also be a flare up of cold sores.

For little to no risk at all, natural stretch mark creams are always the best alternatives. They are often safe to use during pregnancy and if you are still in your teens.

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