What can I do about Stretchmarks?


Stretchmarks are often caused by sudden growth or weight gain.

You may be more likely to get them if you:

are pregnant
are going through puberty
lose or gain weight quickly
are female
are overweight
use some kinds of steroid creams or tablets
have a family member with stretchmarks




What to do about stretchmarks:

Stretchmarks usually fade over time but may not disappear completely.

Many creams and lotions claim to prevent, reduce, or remove stretch marks. But there’s very little evidence these work.

Some treatments may help make stretchmarks look better, but they will not get rid of them.

They include:

retinoid (often called tretinoin) creams or hyaluronic acid – these may help if used on new stretch marks, but you should not use retinoid creams if you’re pregnant as they may harm your baby
light or laser treatments
microdermabrasion, which removes a thin layer of skin
You would need to pay for these treatments as they’re not available on the NHS.



Medical tattoo treatment for stretchmarks

As you may have noticed, I have been back and forth with offering stretchmarks as a medical tattoo treatment. It wasn’t a treatment that was taught when I first studied, but came about a few years ago. It’s a relatively easy treatment to perform but in reality, it just wasn’t giving me the results I wanted for patients. To offer a treatment I have to be sure it will help the majority of patients, and that they get results that will last long enough to be worth the cost as well as the the healing period.

So after a year, I stopped performing these treatments and concentrated on the areas I knew gave the best results.

Well, as so often happens, I get certain patients that understand the unpredictability of the outcomes, though still want me to go ahead and try, motivating me to find new techniques.

Collectively, they are driven by their belief in me to make a change and regain their confidence, alongside my aspiration to improve and evolve the world of Medical tattooing. It is in its infancy as an industry and needs support, pressure, experimentation and devotion to move forward.


What can I do about Stretchmarks


So thanks to some of my patients for persisting and believing in me, and here’s to helping more people who suffer from anxiety or lack of confidence due to their stretchmarks.

Please be advised, there are still certain stretchmarks that are untreatable:

  1. Pull the stretchmarks taut – are they darker or the same as your skin tone? If Yes, they are untreatable, If No, and they still look lighter they are treatable.
  2. Are they hyperpigmented? Brown in colour? If Yes, they are untreatable.
  3. Are they red or purple? These CAN be treated.
  4. Are they lighter than the surrounding skin? These CAN be treated.


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