What are Stretchmarks?
Stretchmarks are a type of “scar”, caused by the rupture of elastin and collagen fibers, after an abrupt stretch or shrink of the skin. It is common in some families having a hereditary predisposition. And it seems that some hormonal changes can also play a role, especially the hormone Cortisol. Stretchmarks develop most frequently during pregnancy, puberty, and after rapid weight loss or gain. Applying a corticosteroid to the skin for a long time can also cause stretch marks.
Is it possible to get rid of Stretchmarks?
Stretchmarks are a type of scar and scars typically are permanent. However nowadays, with the advancement in medical procedures, there are some treatments that help to make scars less visible, and barely noticeable.
What are the best treatment options for Stretchmarks?
There is not a single procedure that is “the best”. Here at The Murray Center, we use a combination of techniques that require a series of treatments/sessions. Such as some treatment sessions will include microneedling + chemical mask, microdermabrasion, laser therapy + chemical mask, as well as a compounded prescription (cream-based) to be used at home during and in-between intervals. Prior to receiving treatment, a consultation is required with our Skin & Laser Specialist.
How does it work?
How many treatment sessions are needed?
Prior to receiving treatment, a consultation is required with our Skin & Laser Specialist to confirm that you are a good candidate for our Stretchmark treatment. If you are a good candidate, it will greatly depend on the age of the stretch marks and on their extension, as well as depth. After assessed, patient may need anywhere between 6-10 sessions.
Is it painful?
Is it safe?
What to expect?
After the treatment, the treated area will be red and slightly tender. It is possible to form tiny crusts as it heals – similar to a chemical peel. The skin will recover within a 2-4-week time frame.
The success of the procedure will depend on how old the stretch marks are. Older stretchmarks are a bit more difficult to treat and have a lesser percentage of improvement compared to newer stretchmarks, however improvements can still be made. Recent stretchmarks (usually pink or red) have a better response, with much higher effectiveness.
With that said, don’t wait too long to take action to aid in the healing and appearance of your stretchmarks!