Stretch marks can affect people of all ages and races, and despite your best efforts to prevent them, they are partly hereditary. Not all stretch marks can be prevented, but you can prevent the risk of experiencing these signs. You can also beat stretch marks thanks to the advancement of technology.
What Are the Reasons for Stretch Marks?
Stretching of skin occurs due to a number of factors, but the most common reason is the growing expansion of skin with weight gain or pregnancy. Steroid medication for a prolonged time can also be associated with the development of stretch marks. These marks mostly develop in the shoulders, thighs, upper arms, and back.
Stretch marks are initially red and accompanied by some itching, but over time the color fades to white. They are associated with a reduction in collagen and elastin, and the methods for treating them focus on improving collagen and elastic fibers.
There are certain occasions in which you are more likely to experience stretch marks, such as pregnancy, puberty, and when weight gain happens quickly. On these occasions, rapid changes cause stretch marks by damaging the proteins in your skin.
What Are the Ways to Prevent Stretch Marks?
You can reduce your risk of developing stretch marks by following a proper lifestyle. Many factors can help, such as healthy diets and proper skin-care routines.
Also, nurturing your body with nutritious foods gives your skin the vitamins it needs and improves its elasticity. Hydrating your body with adequate amounts of water helps with skin elasticity and prevents your skin from becoming stretched. Moisturizing your skin decreases the risk of developing stretch marks and also makes it easier to treat the condition once developed.
What Are The Solutions for Treating Stretch Marks?
Various treatments are available to get rid of stretch marks:
Pulsed dye is a vascular laser that can be helpful with red stretch marks by decreasing the redness and improving the overall appearance. Lasers can also help with white stretch marks. Fractional lasers are especially very effective for this condition, creating heat injuries that thereafter stimulate better collagen fibers, hence giving skin a tighter appearance. Fractional lasers can be applied in combined therapy with pulsed dye lasers. Please note that white stretch marks may respond better to Microneedling.
Microneedling involves the puncturing of skin with special needles, thus triggering a healing response to improve the condition. The severity of the stretch marks affects the outcome of the procedure.
Tretinoin, mostly called by its brand name Retin-A, is shown to help reduce early stretch marks. It penetrates through the upper layer of your skin and rebuilds collagen, which improves stretch marks.
Light therapy can be employed to improve the appearance of stretch marks as a modern technique. Pulsed dye lasers and intense pulsed light can both enhance the appearance of stretch marks by encouraging the formation of collagen.
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery recommends lasers as a solution for improving stretch marks.
Platelet-rich plasma is a treatment that has become popular as an effective method to rejuvenate skin and increase collagen production. This therapy takes platelet-rich plasma from your own blood.
Removing excess skin and tightening your skin tissue is another solution that is possible with the help of surgical procedures. Sagging skin due to weight loss or pregnancy responds well to this type of treatment.
Although such plastic surgeries are not specifically developed to remove stretch marks, the removal of the excess skin from your body can improve the appearance of your skin.
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