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There is no specific medical treatment for stretch marks and in most cases there is no need to see your GP about them. Most stretch marks fade over time and are not that noticeable.

If you have a lot of stretch marks, if they affect a large part of your body or if you are worried that they look unsightly there may be treatments available that can help. However, there is little or no medical evidence to show that any of these treatments will work, so it is important that you are realistic about what they can achieve.


Creams, gels and lotions


There are many creams, gels and lotions that claim to be able to remove stretch marks. These products are essentially moisturisers for your skin and are available from pharmacies and many supermarkets and health and beauty shops.


Laser therapy


Laser therapy cannot remove stretch marks altogether, but it may help them to fade, and appear less obvious.

There are several different types of laser therapy that may be used to treat stretch marks, such as pulsed dye laser treatment. This type of laser therapy works on early stretch marks (that are still red) by sealing the blood vessels within your skin and speeding up the fading process.

Laser therapy for stretch marks is not available on the NHS and is usually very expensive. It is likely that you will need many treatments in order to obtain visible results, but the exact number will depend on your skin colour and type.


Cosmetic surgery


Cosmetic surgery for stretch marks is a very extreme and expensive option and is rarely recommended.

If you have stretch marks on your abdomen (stomach) as well as a large amount of loose skin, it may be possible to have an operation called an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck. An abdominoplasty can remove the excess fat and skin around your abdomen as well as removing the stretch marks below your belly button at the same time.

As this type of surgery is a cosmetic procedure (used to improve your appearance) it is not available on the NHS. Cosmetic surgery also carries several risks and it can cause considerable scarring.

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