Stretch marks can make us self conscious and want to hide parts of our bodies. Unfortunately, they are a common complaint of many women when speaking about our bodies. Bio Oil and Coconut Oil seem to be the go to, ‘natural’ treatments but sometimes this just isn’t enough. Often with summer coming up, holidays and even the dream honeymoon you’ve been planning for an age, unsightly stretch marks can fill us with dread. I was invited to try Laser Stretch Mark Removal at Pulse Light Clinic in London. Although I was nervous, and a little scared, I wanted to know if this could help other women. So far, I’ve had 1 patch test and 1 treatment. Both sessions were nowhere near as scary as I thought they would be so I thought I’d share my experience so far with you.
I had a consultation first with Lucy at Pulse Light. This really put me at ease as I was a bit nervous at first as I’m someone who is terrified of pain, needles, you name it. So I’d imagined being pricked or burned countless times. Thankfully, this was not the case!
The actual treatment relies on intense heat from the laser. The laser stimulates collagen production and is suitable for all skin types. You do feel it but you get used to the feeling. There was no screaming and I wasn’t in agony. But it did feel a bit uncomfortable at first. The texture and colour of the stretch marks can be improved and results are usually seen after 3-5 treatments.Lucy did mention that my treatment may take longer to show results as I don’t have large stretch marks. They are very small and are quite light rather than dark. But as is the case with every woman, they still bother me as I know they’re there.
My patch test was filmed (you can see how nervous I was!) and so was another lady’s. The other lady’s results are a good indication of what to expect as she’s had a series of treatments. I’m due another treatment after Christmas so I’ll definitely keep you posted on how this goes and whether or not there has been a significant improvement in appearance. I’d also just gotten back from Ghana, West Africa when this was filmed so I’ll need to keep an eye on how they appear now that my tan has pretty much gone too.
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