Stretch Mark Reduction
Stretch Mark Reduction
Stretch Marks, which are called as striae in medical language are lines or streaks on the skin. They can be pink, purple or white in colour depending on their age. They occur because the skin gets pulled due to rapid growth or stretching and loses it’s elasticity.
Commonly areas on the body for stretch marks are on the stomach, hips, thighs, back and breasts.
Stretch marks are particularly common in pregnant women, especially during the latter half of pregnancy.
You may be concerned about these bright streaks on your skin, but stretch marks aren’t serious and fade over time. In some cases, however, widespread stretch marks are a sign of a medical condition such as Cushing’s syndrome or another adrenal gland disease. Treatments can fade the appearance of stretch marks
What causes stretch marks?
- Stretch marks are caused, literally, by a stretching of the skin. An increase in cortisone, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands can aggravate the process by weakening the elastic fibers in the skin.
- Pregnancy: Most pregnant women develop stretch marks by the end of their pregnancy. The physical stretching of the skin due to growing belly, along with hormonal factors lead to pregnancy stretch marks.
- Weight gain: Stretch marks sometimes occur due to substantial weight gain.
- Weightlifters also can develop stretch marks, particularly on the arms.
- Adolescents may notice stretch marks during growth spurts.
- Medication use: Corticosteroid creams, lotions and pills, and chronic use of oral or systemic steroids can cause stretch marks.
- Conditions or diseases: Cushing’s syndrome and adrenal gland diseases can cause widespread stretch marks, as can Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and other hereditary (genetic) disorders.
At Dezire clinic we will guide you to choose most appropriate treatment for you.
Factors to consider include:
- Age of the stretch marks
- Convenience of treatment — therapies differ in length and frequency of sessions
- Cost — these options are cosmetic and usually not covered by medical insurance
- Your expectations
- Tests And Diagnosis
Stretch marks are typically diagnosed based on an examination of your skin and a review of your medical history. Some questions will be asked regarding your signs and symptoms, medications you’re taking, and any known medical conditions.
Treatments for Stretch Marks
All stretch mark reduction treatments are nonsurgical without any risk or side effects. The treatment require multiple session which are completed in around 30 mins. There is no downtime and you can resume work immediately after the completion of treatment to remove stretch marks.
Stretch marks are easier to treat when they are young stretch marks. When they are brand new, called striae rubra appear as raised red lines. At that point it’s easier to use pulsed dye or NG-YAG laser to target the blood vessels. Over time, usually after 6 months to 2 years, stretch marks fade to thinner, whitish lines called striae alba that are notoriously hard to treat.
Most common treatments for stretch marks include:
Retinoid and Tretinoin cream
Retinoid cream, derived from vitamin A, retinoids — such as tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova, Avita) — that you apply to your skin may improve the appearance of stretch marks less than a few months old with red raised stretch marks. Tretinoin helps rebuild collagen in your skin, making the stretch marks look more like your normal skin. Tretinoin can irritate your skin and this type of treatment is not much effective on older stretch marks.
If you’re pregnant or nursing, talk with your doctor about other treatment options, because possible side effects of retinoid cream may affect the baby.
Laser treatment for stretch marks
Pulsed dye laser therapy
Used at wavelengths of light that are non wounding (non ablative), this type of laser therapy remodels underlying skin (dermis) by stimulating the growth of collagen and elastin. Pulsed dye laser therapy works best when stretch marks are new, but it may still be effective on older stretch marks. This type of treatment may alter skin color on darker skin tones.
In pulsed dye laser treatment wavelengths of light are used to stimulate new growth of collagen and elastin. The difference is that it causes partial (fractional) damage to small dot-like areas within a targeted zone. Because most of the treated area remains undamaged, the skin heals quickly.
Fractional CO2 laser
Fractional CO2 Laser is a revolutionary laser treatment that can fully remove your stretch marks and produce new, healthy skin. This treatment works best when the stretch marks are still red. With fractional CO2 laser treatment your stretch marks will be completely removed within 3-4 sessions.
On the other hand, white-coloured stretch marks’ treatment requires the application of more than the above mentioned number of sessions.
Fractional laser CO2 is an innovative method gaining ground during the last years in the treatment of stretch marks, as it seems to provide impressive results. During the session, the laser is divided into dozens of thin beams of light which scan selectively the surface of the skin.
The effectiveness of the laser is based on the creation of multiple micro injuries beneath the skin’s surface, which trigger fibroblasts to produce new collagen and elastin.This production of collagen and elastin gives rise to the new and healthy skin. Subsequently the depth of the stretch marks is decreased and the colour of the stretch marks resembles the one of the natural skin and the stretch marks go away gradually. Texture of skin is greatly improved and skin is tightened at the same time.
The recovery is almost immediate as no down time is required.
Combining two laser treatments
You can improve your results by combining another form of laser after fractional laser like pulsed dye laser to get rid of the red pigment or whatever else your skin might need. Instead, it depends on what’s going on with your skin.
Microdermabrasion for stretch marks
In this treatment your skin is gently abraded or polishes by spraying micro crystals on your skin. These crystals are sprayed on the skin with the help of a handheld device. Then, a vacuum tube removes the crystals and skin cells. With the help of microdermabrasion topmost layer of skin is gently removed, which may result in new skin growth that is more elastic. The skin heals only in 24 hours. This therapy is an option for older stretch marks. You will need to repeat the procedure several times to see good results.
Skin needling is also known as micro-needling therapy or collagen induction therapy. In this procedure with a help of micro needling device like dermaroller controlled skin injury is created.
With each fine needle punctures to the skin, micro wounds or channels are created. The controlled injury triggers the body to fill these micro-wounds by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed. Due to this neovascularization and neocollagenesis appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is greatly reduced. This process of healing and collagen formation continues for 40 days after needling so the procedure can be repeated after that. Using derma rollers too often does not give any better results.
Tummy tuck for stretch marks on lower abdomen
Tummy tuck also known as abdominoplasty is the most effective procedure for stretch marks on lower abdomen with saggy skin. Tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin under the naval region. It can remove all stretch marks and saggy skin in the lower abdominal region.
Laser stretch mark removal cost:
The cost for removal of stretch marks depends upon the treatment that is suitable for you and the area that needs to be treated. Please make a visit to one of our clinics at Pune, Delhi,Bangalore or Gurgaon. On your visit our experts will discuss with you what works best for stretch marks? And how much is your exact laser stretch mark removal cost.