Stretch marks or also known as striae are marks that occur on your skin when the skin is stretched suddenly and breaks the skin leaving behind marks and scars that are visible. Although it is unappealing to the eye, it is a cosmetic condition that can be treated.
These marks are more intense when they are combined with a cortisone increase, which is a hormone that the adrenal glands produce. The elastic fibers in your skin are weakened by Cortisone. When the skin stretches rapidly like with pregnancy or extreme weight changes, it can result in stretch marks. These marks are also known to occur during hormonal changes like puberty, hormone replacement therapy, bodybuilding, pregnancy, etc. They do not have the same appearance on everyone. It all depends on the skin color; they may start out as a reddish brown, dark brown, brown, or pink, and then over time fade into a more silvery color.
When to Treat
Once you do get these marks, you should have them treated as soon as you can. Studies show that when the stretch mark is at its early stage, it is a purple or red and will respond to treatment more easily. After these marks get past the beginning stage, at the purple or red color, to the stages later on, when they become a whiter or silver color with indentations at times, they are a bit more difficult to treat.
How to Remove
Although in many cases, these marks cannot be removed completely, however, they can be reduced significantly. There are various types of lasers used for minimizing stretch marks with the most popular being the fractional laser and the pulsed dye laser. Each laser is made for the various mark types; however, after use the goal is the same: to turn out with healthy, smooth skin free of these marks. Either of these laser treatments uses wavelengths of light for stimulating collagen and elastin regrowth.
Another way to remove stretch marks is through surgical methods like dermabrasion or chemical peeling, which both do a fine job in eliminating scars; however, it will depend on the person’s age, diet, health and diet. These types of surgery typically are not covered by insurance since they are designed to enhance your appearance and are considered a purely cosmetic treatment.
If you have stretch marks and are feeling a little self-conscious, take heart that you are not alone and many people are facing the same situation, and with the right treatment, they can become hardly noticeable. While you are waiting for treatment, however, you can learn to live with them. Be self-confident and proud of how your body looks, whether you have these marks or not, loving yourself no matter what is a very appealing quality. Contact us here at BC Laser and Skincare Clinic for more information on treatments for stretch marks and other skin conditions.