Whah are stretch marks?
Stretch marks or striae are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. It happens because of tearing of the dermis which over time may diminish, but will not disappear completely.
Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes. It happens because of hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding, hormone replacement therapy.
It formed during pregnancy, usually during the last trimester, and usually on the belly, but also commonly occurring on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks.
What are the Symptoms and Signs of stretch marks?
They first appear as reddish or purple lines, but tend to gradually fade to a lighter range. The affected areas appear empty and are soft to the touch.
Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the resilient middle layer that helps the skin retain its shape. No stretch marks will form as long as there is support within the dermis. Stretching plays more of a role in where the marks occur and in what direction they run. Stretching alone is not the cause.
Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. Most common places are the abdomen(especially near the navel), breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs (both inner and outer), hips, and buttocks.
They pose no health risk in and of themselves, and do not compromise the body’s ability to function normally and repair itself.
What are the treatments for stretch marks?
Based on the initial consultation, your Dermatologist will determine which stretch marks procedure is best for you. Here are some possible options of stretch marks treatment :
• Topical creams.
• Non surgical stretch marks procedures.
• Surgical stretch marks procedure.
Topical creams reduces skin discoloration and reduce visibility of scar in other words aesthetically more acceptable scar. One of the examples – retinods – are synthetic derivatives of Vitamin A. They can improve discoloration of the skin, degeneration of elastic tissue, and fine wrinkling. Retinoids enhancing naturally occurring production of collagen and elastic fibers.
NON SURGICAL STRETCH MARKS PROCEDURES
• Chemical Peel
A chemical peel is a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck, hands, back & legs. Read more…
• Derma Roller
The actual derma roller is made up of a small, solid wheel attached to a little stick that propels it backwards and forwards across your face in small sections. The roller is covered with hundreds of minuscule “micro-medical” needles that penetrate the skin, creating lots of tiny micro injuries. Read more…
Dermapen is a revolutionary micro-needling device which aims to tighten, lift and rejuvenate skin. The device uses multiple needles that pierce the skin vertically with minimal pain. Read more…
• Intens Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense pulsed light, commonly abbreviated as IPL, is a technology used by medical practitioners to perform various skin treatments including hair removal and photo rejuvenation. The technology utilizes a broad spectrum light source, with a general spectral range of 515 to 1200 nm. Read more…
• Microneedling RF (Radio Frequency)
The microneedling RF (Radio Frequency) involves penetration of microneedles into the skin to deliver radiofrequency pulse into the targeted skin. This results in the body’s own production of elastin and collagen fibres, making skin firmer and healthier. It is very safe and useful procedure. Read more…
SURGICAL STRETCH MARKS PROCEDURE
For removing lower abdominal stretch marks is the tummy tuck, which removes the skin below the navel where stretch marks frequently occur. A social event is on your schedule and you unconfidently try tucking in your stomach by holding your breath in? Or you try wearing a corset to make your abdomen look flat? Release that unconfident breath by shaping up your tummy. Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck removes excess fat and skin, and restores weakened or separated muscles creating an enhanced abdominal profile.