What are the alternatives to laser therapy, micro-needling, and radiofrequency/ultrasonic treatments?
The most common alternatives are:
- Natural home remedies – these have not been scientifically proven and they are often ineffective.
- Prescribed creams or lotions – the side effects of using a retinoid cream can include skin irritation, redness, swelling, blistering, peeling, sensitivity to sunlight, and a stinging sensation. The creams may reduce stretch marks but they are not nearly as effective as lasers, micro-needling, and other advanced technologies. Cream may not be safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women to use.
- Microdermabrasion – the top layer of the skin is sanded away with tiny crystals, designed to remove imperfections and stimulate skin growth. Side effects can include redness, swelling, bruising, sensitivity to sunlight, and changes in skin colour and tone. Microdermabrasion can be painful, unlike laser treatments.