A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. As the skin heals, stretch marks may appear.
They show up on your stomach, breasts, hips, butt, and thighs. These long, thin, rippled marks are also called stria. If you have stretch marks you probably wish they’d go away. These grooves or lines in your skin aren’t harmful to your health, but they aren’t great to look at, either.
And even though they’ll never really go away, they might fade over time or with help from certain products and procedures.
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If you develop stretch marks, you’re most likely to do so during these times:
• Growth spurts that happen in puberty
• Rapid weight loss or gain
• Weight training when you have rapid muscle growth
• Medical conditions e.g. Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan Syndrome
• Prolonged use of corticosteroid creams or lotions.
When stretch marks first appear, they tend to be red, purple, pink, reddish-brown, or dark brown, depending on your skin color. Early stretch marks may feel slightly raised and can be itchy.
In time, the color fades and the narrow bands sink beneath your skin. If you run your finger over a mature stretch mark, you often feel
Stretch marks fade with time; however, treatment may make them less noticeable more quickly.
Topical creams: Tretinoin creams and collagen boosters
• Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to rub off the top layer of your skin.Thus helps to improve the appearance of stretch marks.
• Chemical peelis an acidic solution that burns off the top layers of your skin to remove dead and damaged cells and boost new skin growth. This treatment may improve your stretch marks a little, but won’t completely get rid of them.
• Fractional Microneedle Radiofrequency uses radio wave energy and Microneedling to create heat and trigger your body to make collagen.
• Pulsed dye laser therapy uses a blast of lighton new, red stretch marks. The light’s energy calms blood vessels under your skin that could cause the marks.
• Fractional CO2 laser therapy is a new treatment that may smooth out old, white stretch marks.
• Excimer laser therapy exposes stretch marks to targeted ultraviolet B (UVB) light.This helps to correct pigment problems from stretch marks.
• Cosmetic surgery like tummy tuck removes the skin with stetch marks