What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks (also known as striae), are formed when the connective collagen fibers of the dermis are stretched beyond their capacity, which essentially tears the skin and causes scarring. Typically found on the stomach, hips, breasts, arms and thighs, stretch marks are usually caused by weight gain, pregnancy, puberty or other hormonal changes. Although they are completely harmless, they are often an embarrassing concern for both men and women.
90% of women will experience stretch marks during their third trimester of pregnancy. Lighter skin types tend to develop pinkish stretch marks, while those with darker skin are likely to have stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone.
Factors that influence whether or not a pregnant woman will get stretch marks:
- Heredity: If your mother had them, it’s likely that you will too.
- Ethnicity: Women with lighter skin tones are more prone to them.
- Water: Keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day decreases your chance of getting stretch marks.
- Scratching: Itchiness may occur as your stomach expands. Use a rich moisturizer instead of scratching to alleviate itching.
- Exercise: Sweating frees the body of toxins, and helps to keep your skin supple and soft by improving tone and elasticity.
How can I treat my Stretch Marks?
Up until recent times, the only way to remove stretch marks was by going under the knife and having cosmetic surgery. Now, thank to technological advances in the cosmetic industry, stretch marks can be removed with both the Cutera™ Pearl Fractional laser and Cutera™ Laser Genesis (depending on the type and severity of the stretch marks) in as little as an hour with minimal downtime or discomfort. Laser pulses are penetrated deep into the dermis to stimulate the production of new collagen and repair stretch marks and other imperfections. Maximum results will be visible within one to three months of treatment and as your body continues to produce collagen, your healthy, new tissue will begin to reveal. In short, laser therapy actually “fills in” your stretch marks during the treatment process!
How long do the results from laser Stretch Mark removal last?
Laser therapy is a permanent solution for stretch marks, but more than one treatment may be necessary to completely diminish the appearance of deeper stretch marks. New stretch marks may occur with pregnancies or weight gains, but they too can be removed with Pearl Fractional.
Not sure if you’re a candidate for laser stretch mark removal? Contact NewDermaMed today for a complimentary skin evaluation to determine the best skin care solution for you.