Stretch marks affect a massive portion of the population. New mothers, bodybuilders, adolescents going through puberty or individuals who were formerly obese all suffer from these pesky marks. Are you supposed to be stuck with them forever? At Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo in Waltham, MA, we want to help you look and feel your best. We would like to advise you on methods of stretch mark removal so you can get back the look you once had.
Stretch Mark Removal: Frequently Asked Questions
Stretch marks, also known as striae, are a type of skin scarring which forms when the dermis, the middle layer of the skin responsible for maintaining shape and elasticity, is stretched more than it can handle. When the connective fibers in the skin break, collagen production is disrupted, and scarring occurs. This scarring may only be treatable through stretch mark removal.
While many of us have stretch marks, we may not know as much as we want to about how to remove stretch marks. Today, we will discuss common questions people have about the removal of stretch marks.
How Do You Get Rid Of Stretch Marks?
There are several methods which claim to remove stretch marks. Let’s discuss a few of them.
- Stretch mark cream: a popular treatment method with scarce evidence that any topically applied products work. The scars are found below the top layer of the skin. Active ingredients can’t penetrate that deep into the skin. The only ingredient that may improve the appearance of stretch marks is tretinoin. It may stimulate collagen production. This only works, however, on scarring less than a month old and is not safe for pregnant or nursing women.
- Microdermabrasion: a non-invasive type of skin resurfacing used to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of the skin. While it primarily exfoliates the top layer of skin, it does seem to help diminish the appearance of stretch marks under a year old. This treatment method is most effective in conjunction with other treatment methods.
- Thermage or Venus Freeze: non-invasive cosmetic treatments that use radiofrequency which lifts and tightens the skin. Radiofrequency may improve the appearance of stretch marks because new collagen is formed immediately after treatments. This works well in combination with treatment methods such as Fraxel Dual.
- Laser stretch mark removal: a non-invasive treatment for stretch mark removal which is by far the most effective. It uses a fractional laser, such as Fraxel Dual, to safely penetrate the deep layers of skin with thermal energy. This induces both collagen production and tissue regeneration.
If you suffer from dermal scarring due to rapid weight gain, whether due to puberty, bodybuilding, pregnancy or something else, stretch mark removal may benefit you. If you think you are ready to remove these disfiguring streaks, contact the professionals at Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo in Waltham, MA today to schedule your free initial consultation. We look forward to providing you help with achieving your ideal body.