A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the protein in our skin i.e. collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. As a result, scar is formed. With time as the skin heals, stretch marks may appear.
Not everyone develops these narrow bands on their skin. Fluctuating hormone levels seem to play a role. You may also have a higher risk if people in your family get stretch marks.
While the stretch marks can be caused by variety of reasons. Following are the commonest cause to develop stretch marks:
Types of stretch marks can be broken down into two main stage classifications based on their formation and appearance:
Other classifications when it comes to types of stretch marks include:
It’s important to know that like any scar, stretch marks are also permanent. But the good news is there are treatments that may make them less noticeable. Treatment can also help ease the itch.
A special caution has to be taken if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, therefore do check with your doctor before treating stretch marks as some products contain ingredients, such as retinol, that can harm your baby. Having a consultation prior to any treatment is thus very important.
Meanwhile, it’s equally important to understand that no single treatment works for everyone and not every product is made for everyone. Treatment of stretch marks is highly specific from person to person and thus required a customized treatment plan for every individual.
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Researchers have discovered that many famous substances like almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, or vitamin E, which is believed to prevent stretch marks don’t actually work. In studies it has been proved that neither of them prevented stretch marks.
But this doesn’t mean that it cannot be prevented. Other ingredients like centella or hyaluronic acid may help prevent stretch marks. Centella is an herb, and our skin naturally contains hyaluronic acid.
Bottom line is: Stretch marks fade with time; however, treatment may make them less noticeable more quickly.
Studies have shown that the popular home remedies like people massaging almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, or vitamin E into their stretch marks have not worked significantly as none of the stretch marks faded when they were applied.
Self-tanner: While tanning can make stretch marks more noticeable, a self-tanner can camouflage stretch marks — both early and mature ones. But it is important to note here that a self-tanner cannot get of rid of stretch marks, it’s just a tool to help hide it.
Studies have shown that not all creams, lotions and gels that are sold in market are effective in treating stretch marks. Infact some are not at all effective.
If you want to try one of these creams, lotions, or gels to fade stretch marks, be sure to:
Two substances are shown to have significant effect over stretch marks:
In two large studies, applying hyaluronic acid and tretinoin to early stretch marks made the stretch marks less noticeable as compared to those who didn’t apply the cream at early stage.
Retinol, another type of retinoid, may also help fade early stretch marks.
There is no bad time to see a doctor. If your stretch marks are growing and over the counter medications are not helpful, its high time to consult for an expert opinion by a board-certified dermatologist
The in-office procedures have proven more effective than the creams, lotions, and gels. Dermatologists can also tell you about any new product or procedure that may help.
Dermatologists use the following procedures to make stretch marks less noticeable, but since they are permanent in nature, none of these can get rid of stretch marks:
A chemical peel is a process in which a chemical agent will be applied to your skin which will assist in exfoliation of skin cells. This procedure generally provides minimal improvement in the appearance of your stretch marks, but it will not reduce their visibility enough for the scars to be unnoticeable.
Chemical peels will reduce the discoloration of the skin and lighten the stretch marks by decreasing the melanin formation by skin cells.
Depending on the type of peel done, the down time can vary from 3-7 days.
After getting the peeling done, cover the area from sunlight and avoid swimming and heavy workout for couple of days after the treatment.
Chemical peeling is a multi-session procedure. You will start noticing some change only after the third to fourth session. Minimum 6-7 sessions are required.
In Old stretch marks due to lack of blood supply, the results are not very convincing.
It is performed depending on the area to be covered and generally varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
It typically takes 24 hours for your skin to heal. Although there may be some redness from the exfoliation.
Avoid any sunexposure, swimming and heavy workouts for 3-4 days after the procedure.
After getting a microdermabrasion your skin may feel littletight and dry.
Multiple sessions are required
The severity of your stretch marks will influence your results.
Laser therapy is a common treatment option to remove old stretch marks. In this procedure, lasers are focussed to penetrate the skin, thus triggering regeneration of skin cells. This helps the cells around your stretch marks to heal at a faster rate, thus making them lighter.
Laser therapy also stimulates melanin production on the affected area, by activating the pigment cells (melanocytes)in your skin. This resultsin blending of your stretch marks with your normal skin tone. Though effective, laser therapy requires more than one session for noticeable results.
There are a number of different laser therapies used to treat stretch marks and other skin issues. Your dermatologist will discuss the options best suited for you.
One of the lasers which works best in stretch marks reduction is Fraxel CO2 laser.
The Fraxel laser precisely target microscopic areas of the skin, by using focused laser columns to remove old and damaged skin cells. Fraxel treatment stimulates the body’s own natural healing process which replaces damaged skin with fresh, healthy skin and stimulates collagen formation thus helping in healing of stretch marks.
The procedure can be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour depending on the areas being treated. The procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic and normally 3-6 sessions are required for maximum results.
Your skin will appear slightly pinkish and swollen for several days after the procedure which is normal can gets back to normal tone in 1-3 days.
Most patients experience an instantimprovement on their skin during treatment associated with the laser. The collagen contracts, making the skin feel tighter immediately. However, the final results related to new collagen production takes approximately 8-12 weeks. You will continue to see improvements in skin for the first three to four months after the treatment.
Some of the side effects and complications that may occur after aggressive or high level treatments include:
Micro needling targets the middle layer of your skin (dermis) where stretch marks form. In this procedure, tiny needles are poked into your skin to trigger increased collagen and elastin production which can improve and reduce stretch marks. This treatment is not ideal for old stretch marks are multiple sessions are required.
Around 3-4 days
Avoid sunexposure for few days.
Visible results are generally seen after 2-3 sessions
If other treatments are unsuccessful, cosmetic surgery is an option. This is an expensive, but effective, option which can permanently remove white stretch marks from your body. However, it’s important to understand that surgery can leave scars of its own.
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that not only removes stretch marks, but also removes excess skin and fat from your abdomen. This procedure gives the skin and abdomen a flatter and firmer look and a fine scar that can be covered in the pubic area.
For stretch marks on the arms, Arm lift can be done, on the breasts, Breast lift surgery, and on the thighs Thigh lift surgery can be done respectively.
It’s important to know that to give you the best results suited for you, your dermatologist may use more than one procedure to achieve that. A dermatologist can tell you if any of these treatments would be suitable for you, given your health, age, and how long you’ve had the stretch marks.
With all procedures, side effects are possible. In the skilled hands of a board-certified dermatologist, side effects tend to be minor and temporary.
Dr. Shweta is a qualified dermatologist in Andheri West, Mumbai, India who comes with 15 years of experience and favorite of many Bollywood celebrities as well. She will assess the cause of your stretch mark, intensity of it and laxity of the skin and advice you the best possible treatment suited for your kind of stretch marks. The feedback, testimonials, and reviews can be checked via our website or through the link of reputed cosmetic treatment results’ portals.
We at Allure Medspa in India, have world-class facilities in place to cater to your every need when it comes to cosmetic treatment. Here we have dedicated to the best results. If you have decided upon undergoing stretch mark treatment, here we have a wide range of procedures including surgical treatments for stretch marks under one roof to cater to all your needs.
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The cost of the session depends on the area affected with stretch marks. Stretch mark removal can range between 3,000 to 10,000 INR per session and will also vary if additionally PRP treatment is added. Treatment is done with Fractional CO2 laser.
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What Are Stretch Marks?
Pregnancy Stretch Marks are tiny tears in the dermis that appears as a scar and can vary in color from a light pink to a dark purple. Over a very long period of time, usually years, the marks can fade in color, but the scars remain.
What is the cause of Stretch marks?
Striae distensae streak is caused when the skin is stretched to the point of breaking down, similar to elastic losing its’ elasticity. Losing collagen and elastin in the skin causes the marks, loss of tone, fine lines, and wrinkles. When there is a breakdown or loss of elastin and collagen fibers or excessive stretching in the skin, the mark actually shows through to the epidermis (top layer of skin).
Why Do People Get Stretch Marks?
There are several different factors that contribute to the formation of stretch marks. Heredity – Some skin is genetically prone to marks, some skin is dryer with less elasticity than others, i.e. dry skin vs. oily skin, Weight – rapid gain or loss, Pregnancy – the weight gain associated with pregnancy. Although some people are more susceptible to the marks and can get the scar so easily. Stretching of the skin during rapid weight gain or rapid growth (in young children and adolescents) is a major cause of stretch marks. The non-occurrence of the marks during pregnancy does not necessarily mean pregnancy striae streak will not occur in another. The marks are not gender- specific – men and women are susceptible to these unsightly marks.
How much do treatments for stretch marks reduction cost?
The actual treatment required for stretch marks removal/reduction varies depending on your personal requirements, but to get an estimate on how much the marks reduction treatments may cost you, please call us now on +91 98690 41559 or use our online inquiry form for our latest prices. Contact Allure Medspa today to discuss your individual needs – we’ll arrange a consultation with one of our specialists on how to reduce the marks.
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