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Can you really use laser to treat cellulite and stretch marks?

Image: Keeping Up With The Kardashians/E!

Stretch marks. Cellulite. Many women possess them – some love them, some don’t.

But would you be game to show your bum stretch marks on TV? Khloe Kardashian did. (Surprise!)

In a clip for an upcoming episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians – where the truth about Kylie Jenner’s lips is also revealed – Khloe takes her sisters Kim and Kendall on a fun, sisterly bonding outing – to get the stretch marks and cellulite on her bum lasered.

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The real question on our minds? Is laser a valid treatment for reducing the appearance of stretch marks, and does it actually work? (Post continues after video.)

According to cosmetic surgeon at Cosmos Clinic, Dr Joseph Ajaka, two treatment options – evasive and non-evasive.

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“The non-evasive treatment involves the insertion of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) which is what Kim Kardashian did when she had the ‘vampire facial‘. It involves taking blood, processing it and injecting your own plasma back into the skin to help grow collagen and improve the quality of the skin,” he explains.

“The evasive treatment uses lasers. It works by numbing the area and using the laser to heat underneath the skin to encourage new collagen fibres to form and thicken the skin,” he says.

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“Laser is also effective at removing cellulite in a similar way, melting the fat pockets under the skin.”

Khloe during treatment. Image: KUWTK

If you're opting for the evasive treatment, it's not going to produce quick fix miracle results.

"Laser treatment can't completely remove stretch marks, but it can reduce them. So if reduction isn't what you're after, then I would not advise having the treatment," Dr Ajaka says.

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"You can't promise complete removal but I'd say you can expect a 50-70 percent reduction," he says. "Red stretch marks are the hardest to treat."

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The evasive procedure is a one-off treatment, that could set you back up to $3,300. The PRP treatment costs around $1000 and requires three treatments one month apart.

"You're probably looking at taking one to two days off, and may feel general soreness, swelling and a little bit of bruising," Dr Ajaka says. (Post continues after gallery.)

However, like any treatment or procedure, it's not something to jump into blindly, you should consult your doctor before booking an appointment.

"Obviously laser can burn the skin, so it's really important to go to a qualified and specialist surgeon who monitors the equipment," he says.

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Just as it's completely up to you if you want to do something about your stretch marks, there's also nothing wrong with doing, well, nothing at all about them. We're actually quite fond of ours.

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen was showered with love by her fans recently after posting a picture of her legs with faint stretch marks, with the caption "Stretchies say hi!".

Image via Instagram (@chrissyteigen)

Her move is a refreshing and important reminder that in a world of filters, everyone has their insecurities. And those stretch marks? They're reminders of all the things you're body has been through. Love them, leave them or laser them - it's entirely up to you.

Check out some of The Glow team's favourite body image quotes from celebs we love.

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Would you ever get cosmetic treatment for your stretch marks?

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