Stretch marks are indented streaks on the skin caused by rapid growth or stretching of the skin. While the skin is fairly elastic, if it is stretched too quickly, it can disrupt the production of collagen. The resultant parallel scars are called stretch marks, and they are initially red or purple. Over time, they fade and become white or silvery. Thankfully, stretch mark removal can be used to face or eliminate these marks completely.
Why Do I Have Stretch Marks?
Most people first develop stretch marks during puberty when they have a major growth spurt. People may also develop stretch marks after a marked and sudden weight gain or loss. Women often develop stretch marks during pregnancy. Since cortisone and corticosteroids reduce the skin’s elasticity, people who take such medications for a long time may also develop stretch marks. Stretch marks are most common in people with fair skin.
How are Stretch Marks Treated?
Since stretch marks are both painless and harmless, they generally don’t need treatment, unless they cover a large and visible part of the body or mar the skin’s appearance. With that being said, many people still seek out stretch mark removal.
Surgery used to be the only way to remove stretch marks; that’s no longer the case today. Stretch mark removal is performed in the comfort of our office without the need for surgical means.
There are a number of laser and light treatments that work by stimulating collagen and/or pigment production. The Icon laser, for example, has been known to bring about great results in many cases. Since stretch marks, particularly older ones, tend to be paler than the surrounding skin, the goal is to make the tone more even and the texture smoother as well.
Of course, stretch mark removal is not one-size-fits-all, so the exact treatment will depend on a number of factors. In many cases, a series of treatment sessions is required for optimal results.
What About Skin Creams and Other Treatments?
To put it simply, skin creams are ineffective. They generally work only if the stretch marks are a few months old or less, and even then, they may not work at all. Such creams are not recommended for pregnant women because of the risk to the baby. There is far no evidence that any alternative treatments work on stretch marks.
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