As we know, stretch marks are silvery white lines that traverse on the surface of the skin just like veins or arteries. Stretch mark results from the skin stretching beyond its limit and losing its elasticity. The production of collagen is disrupted. Losing elastin and the disrupted production of collagen causes the skin to have stretch marks on the top layer of skin.
THE OCCURRENCE OF STRETCH MARKS
Stretch marks often occur in women and can be seen on the thighs, hips, butts and pregnant abdomens. They are often made worse by fast growth, pregnancy, hormones and some other natural causes.
TREATMENTS FOR STRETCH MARKS
The DermaPen is made up of two parts: a disposable needle tip that has about twelve microscopic needles and an electric hand piece that plugs into the wall for a stable and consistent source of power. Before use, the needle tip is clicked into the hand piece. The needle oscillates at a very high rate of about 110 revolutions per second. The needles make tiny punctures in the skin as they make contact with the skin surface. This causes minor trauma, initiating an immune response, leading to the creation of new and healthy collagen. Topical nutrients are also introduced into the deep layer of the skin through the punctures. The DermaPen does not cause dermal tearing.
Premier Laser & Skin offers 3 different Radio Frequency Skin Resurfacing Technologies.
These treatments are the most effective options for stretch mark removal. They help in the stimulation of new growths of collagen in the dermis which fills and reduces stretch mark scars.
This procedure is not painless, but it is bearable. During the procedure, you experience a dull tingly and irritated feeling like a sun burn over a few hours or up to 24 hours after the procedure.
BEFORE & AFTER
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CAUSES OF STRETCH MARKS AND TREATMENT
Numerous stretch marks can be caused by some medications like steroids such as cortisone. Stretch marks are developed when the skin is excessively stretched beyond its limit during pregnancy, growth spurts or weight gain. Collagen production in the dermis of the skin is damaged, and blood vessels dilation causes the development of purplish colored early stretch marks. The inflammation and collagen disruption may cause the obscuring of production of melanin. After a period, this lacking of pigment leads to the white pigmented scars that we call stretch marks. It can also be caused by the rapid weight gain in a short duration such as puberty or during pregnancy.
Stretch marks can also be formed on children who have rapidly become obese or on teens or adolescents who have undergone growth spurts during puberty. Due to constant repetitive exercises, athletes and body builders can also develop stretch marks. It has even been suggested that stretch marks are caused because of an increased level of a hormone called glucocorticoids circulating through the body. This hormone is produced by the adrenal gland, and its production is increased during pregnancy, adolescence, obesity and weight lifting.
The glucocorticoids affect the dermis or the skin by preventing the fibroblasts from forming elastin fibres and collagen. These are required to keep growing skin firm. What follows is dermal tearing as there is a lack of supportive substance when the skin is being stretched over its limit. Some people can be more prone to getting stretch marks than others. Skin type may be a factor. For example, dryer skin has less elasticity than oily skin, and more likely to develop stretch marks. Stretch marks can also form more easily in the skin with a high proportion of cross-lined collagen that occurs in teenagers. Another hypothesis on the cause of stretch marks is that they can occur due to the abnormal collagen formation as a result of chemicals that influence the formation of collagen. It is better to leave the stretch marks alone because they are harmless scars on the epidermis.
PREVENTION OF STRETCH MARKS AND TREATMENT
Stretch marks can be difficult to avoid during pregnancy and rapid weight gain/loss, however, keeping the skin protected and hydrated is key.
SYMPTOMS OF STRETCH MARKS AND TREATMENT
Stretch marks can vary in severity; sometimes they appear as very small, pale ‘scratch marks’ however sometimes they can be larger and cause uneven, pitted skin.