Stretch marks are ugly and embarrassing. While some women--and many men--view them as the marks of a life well lived or the tokens of pregnancies that should be treasured rather than hidden, most people are more interested in getting rid of them. The methods for getting rid of stretch marks are varied. When you are considering stretch mark removal, evaluate all cost factors along with everything else.
Stretch mark removal is, literally, the act of getting rid of stretch marks. However, removal can mean many different things. Some treatments "fade" the marks, while others actually change the composition of the skin so that the stretch mark is no longer in evidence. Some drastic procedures actually remove the skin containing the stretch mark from the body.
Stretch mark removal can be quite time-consuming. Depending on the procedure, you may need some recovery time. When you are factoring in costs of stretch mark removal, include child care and wages lost if you will not be able to move around much for a few days or weeks. Some processes actually eliminate the stretch marks immediately but then require several weeks of rest and relaxation to heal. Others may take longer but not take such a serious physical toll on your body.
You can remove stretch marks in a variety of ways. Natural creams and lotions cost between £3 and about £97. These are highly individualised when it comes to response, and the only way to find out if they will work for you is to test them. Laser stretch mark removal costs about £130 a session and can require several sessions. You generally pay as you go for this procedure. The same costs and multiple procedure requirements tend to be true for chemical peels, microdermabrasion and blue light therapy, although chemical peels can cost as much as £390 a session. The most expensive option for stretch mark removal is a tummy tuck, which can cost from £1,950 to £6,500.
When you are thinking about stretch mark removal, factor in the maintenance issues involved in this type of procedure. For example, many creams promise to remove stretch marks, but their effects fade when you stop using them. As a result, you might end up spending £97 a month forever if you go this route. On the other hand, more scientific procedures involve higher risks, and tummy tucks can even increase your insurance premiums because of potential surgery-related health complications.
Many people believe that stretch marks are something that are just a natural part of ageing and that there is no legitimate way to get rid of them. In reality, however, you have a wide variety of effective options available to you, and they are not all prohibitively expensive. Just factor in the real costs of the procedures rather than accept a price quote at face value.
When you are considering options for stretch mark removal, factor in all the worst case scenarios. If you cannot afford to care for yourself in any of these circumstances, then you cannot actually afford stretch mark removal. Work with your physician as well as the professional giving you treatment to make sure that your body is healthy enough to deal with whatever stretch mark removal option you select.