Stretch marks, also known as striae, are a common skin condition that occurs when the skin is stretched rapidly, such as during pregnancy, weight gain, or growth spurts. They appear as thin, red or purple lines on the skin and can be itchy or sore. Over time, stretch marks may become less noticeable, turning white or silver in color.
Stretch marks are caused by a breakdown of the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. When the skin is stretched, these fibers break down, leaving behind scar tissue. Stretch marks can occur on various parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, hips, thighs, and upper arms.
There is no guaranteed way to prevent stretch marks, but keeping the skin well moisturized may help to reduce the risk. Eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated can also benefit the skin.
There are several treatment options available for stretch marks, including topical creams and ointments, laser therapy, and microneedling. However, it’s important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for stretch marks and the treatment that may work for one person may not work for another.
It’s important to remember that stretch marks are a common and normal occurrence, and many people have them. They are not harmful to your health and often fade over time.
In summary, stretch marks are a common skin condition caused by a breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. They can be itchy or sore and appear as thin, red or purple lines on the skin. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent stretch marks, keeping the skin well moisturized and eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated can help. There are various treatment options available, but it’s important to note that they may not work for everyone.
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Stretch marks appear as parallel streaks of red or purple, thinned, glossy skin that over time may become depressed and scar like in texture and sometimes white in color. Stretch marks, or striate develop when the skin is excessively stretched during pregnancy, weight gain or growth spurts.
Some medications, including hormones and steroids can also cause stretch marks. Stretch marks occur when rapidly expanding skin is stretched to its limit and tiny tears appear in the supporting layers of skin. Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin that allows it to retain its shape.
However, when constantly stretched, the dermis can break down leaving behind marks. Dermal collagen is damaged and blood vessel dilation results in the formation of red or purple-colored stretch marks.
Over time the redness may fade and the bands may become lighter in color than the surrounding skin. The bands may become depressed, shiny in appearance or develop an abnormal scar like texture. Men and women can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies, including the abdominal area, thighs, hips, flank, breasts, upper arms or lower back.
About 90% of pregnant women get stretch marks. Growth spurts and sudden or excessive weight gain cause stretch marks in young people. They affect 70% of adolescent females and about 40% of young males. Young women commonly get them on their breasts, thighs, hips, abdomen and buttocks.
Stretch Marks and Pregnancy
Though the nine months of pregnancy are a wonderful time in a woman’s life, there are a host of undesirable changes that occur in the skin during this period like acne and acne scars, wrinkles and more. Some of these are due to hormonal influences and others are due to the mechanical changes in the body associated with pregnancy.
Almost 90% of pregnant women will experience stretch marks, usually developing during the third trimester. There is a genetic predisposition to developing stretch marks during pregnancy. Many women find the appearance of stretch marks to be distressing.
Lasers Used For Stretch Marks:
Different lasers used for this purpose are:
Ydun Candela Laser macine
Scarlet SRF Laser Macine
Fractional Resurfacing Laser
There are plenty over-the-counter treatments for stretch marks, such as Strivectin. Unfortunately, no topical remedies have been medically proven to improve the appearance of stretch marks. RetinA, glycolic acid, alphahydroxy acids have been prescribed with very little success. The results of these treatments range from fair to minimal. Surgical options involve removing areas of stretched skin. This is often an area in which stretch marks are prominent. It also works by tightening the skin in nearby regions. These surgical techniques are effective, but are more invasive than other options and thus involve longer recovery time. New advances in lasers have shown improvement in stretch marks.
How do laser treatments work?
The science of using lasers to remove stretch marks is that it stimulates the skin’s natural synthesis of collagen. Collagen is a protein rich compound occurring in the body that repairs and rejuvenates skin tissue. Laser treatment for stretch marks works to stimulate renewed growth of depleted collagen. It removes damaged skin tissue, seals broken blood vessels and repairs the fibers of the middle skin. This helps to “fill in” the stretch marks. Anti-stretch mark creams also follow the same line of treatment but are not very effective. This is because creams do not penetrate beyond the top layer of the skin. Thus, they do not reach the layer where the skin produces collagen. However, lasers reaches the underlying levels of the skin and effectively repairs the damage.
The Ydun Candela laser is a non-invasive laser treatment that uses a combination of two different laser wavelengths to target stretch marks. The first wavelength, the 1064nm Nd:YAG, is used to penetrate deep into the skin and stimulate collagen production. The second wavelength, the 532nm KTP, is used to target the surface of the skin, breaking up the pigmentation of the stretch marks and promoting the healing process.
The Scarlet SRF machine, on the other hand, uses a combination of radiofrequency and infrared energy to target stretch marks. The radiofrequency energy heats the deep layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin tightening. The infrared energy targets the surface of the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Both the Ydun Candela laser and the Scarlet SRF machine are non-invasive and safe treatments for stretch mark removal. However, it is important to consult with a licensed medical professional to determine the best treatment plan for your individual case.
It is also worth mentioning that there are other treatment options available for stretch mark removal, such as topical creams, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and dermal fillers. The best treatment option for you will depend on your individual needs and the severity of your stretch marks.
Prof. Dr. Ikram is a highly respected and well-known dermatologist based in Pakistan. He has extensive experience in treating a wide range of skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer. He is also an expert in cosmetic dermatology, offering a variety of treatments to enhance the appearance of the skin, such as laser resurfacing, Botox injections, and chemical peels.
Prof. Dr. Ikram’s patients have praised him for his professionalism, expertise, and compassionate bedside manner. He is known for taking the time to listen to his patients’ concerns and for providing personalized treatment plans to meet their individual needs.
In addition to his clinical practice, Prof. Dr. Ikram is also a respected educator and researcher in the field of dermatology. He regularly contributes to medical journals and presents at conferences both in Pakistan and internationally.