This Is How Kim Kardashian Got Her Stretch Marks Removed

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By Korin Miller

One thing’s for sure: It’ll def cost you.

Pretty much every adult on the planet has at least one stretch mark—that’s just part of life. While some people are proud to have earned their tiger stripes, others aren’t having it. Kim Kardashian falls into the latter camp.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star recently had stretch marks removed at the office of her dermatologist, Dr Simon Ourian,  she revealed on Snapchat. “I just left Dr. Ourian’s office and we worked on stretch marks today and I feel so excited that I finally did it,” she said on Sunday, using a bunny filter. “I’ve been so scared to do it, thinking it would hurt so badly, and it didn’t hurt that badly.” She did not say where on her body she had her stretch marks removed.

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According to E!, Ourian first cooled Kim’s skin and then used a CoolBeam laser to vaporise superficial cells, removing miniscule fractions of skin tissue at a time. As you can expect, it’s not cheap: The whole procedure costs anywhere between R37 500 and R63 500 per area.

Dr Gary Goldenberg, medical director of the Dermatology Faculty Practice at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, says the laser works by stimulating collagen and elastic fibres, whiprescribch are stretched out and abnormal in stretch marks. CoolBeam lasers aren’t widely used, he says, but they may be gaining in popularity.

And, of course, there’s the R63 500 question: Does this thing actually work? It depends. “Stretch marks are very difficult to treat,” Goldenberg says. “I always tell my patients that a treatment that may work for one patient, may not produce the same result in another.”

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While stretch marks are a normal part of life, some people don’t like them and that’s OK. If you have stretchies you want to see gone, but don’t have the budget for a laser treatment like Kim, Goldenberg recommends asking your dermatologist about other procedures like micro-needling along with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments (a minimally-invasive procedure that uses fine needles to puncture the skin to create a controlled injury and inject a concentration of platelets that help with wound healing), or a single treatment with a fractional CO2 laser (which removes layers of damaged skin). “That will likely give you the best bang for the buck,” he says.

However, these options are still costly: Goldenberg estimates that micro-needling with PRP costs around R13 000 per treatment, while a CO2 laser costs around R52 000 per treatment—making it pretty similar to what Kim’s getting.

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