Stretch marks appear as silver streaks on the skin that has been subjected to excessive stretching, due to any reason. The nasty marks initially appear as flat pink, red, or purple indented streaks and over the time change to off-color hue. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, but the areas that are more prone to developing these unsightly strips include abdomen, thighs, hips, chest, and groin. Appearance of these marks can be compared to the indented lines that appear on the surface of a balloon, which has been overinflated.
What causes stretch marks?
Your skin is fairly elastic naturally. But like any other material in the universe, it also has the ability to be stretched to a certain limit. When the skin is stretched beyond its capacity to heal and repair, this damages the skin tissues and the scarring appears in the form of stretch marks. However, there are some other factors as well contributing to the appearance of these zebra stripes. A hormone called glucocorticoid may aid the formation of these marks by preventing the fibroblasts from forming collagen and elastin fibers that are necessary to keep fast-growing skin taut. Some other factors that can affect your skin’s ability to withstand stretching force include genetics, age, weight, diet, and overall health.
How can I prevent stretch marks in the first place?
Although not very much under control, the formation of these unsightly marks can be prevented to a considerable degree. The most effective way to shun stretch marks is to keep your skin moisturized. A study conducted a few years ago by some Indian students found that a combination of wheat germ oil, Aloe vera, and turmeric extract comprises the best herbal remedy for avoiding and eliminating stretch marks. If you don’t have turmeric extract, you can also use olive oil.
Retin-A is also a clinically approved ingredient to prevent and remove stretch marks. However, it is pertinent to mention here that these techniques are good at preventing marks or eliminating them in their initial stage. Neither wheat germ oil nor Retin-A helps in treating stubborn stretch marks.
What are the treatment options for stretch marks?
Laser treatment is considered as the most effective way to get rid of stretch marks. There are different kinds of lasers that can be used for Stretch Marks Treatment in Dubai. It is your dermatologist’s job to choose appropriate laser according to your condition. For fresh marks, surgeons prefer pulsed dye laser (known as vascular laser). For older, stubborn marks, Fractional CO2 Lasers may be used. It is the same laser that is used for treating a number of other cosmetic conditions as well, such as Acne Scars Treatment and Fine Lines and Wrinkles.
Following these instructions you can effectively control the formation of stretch marks to a great extent. However, they may not be controlled completely by preventive methods alone. To completely eliminate these nasty marks, you will need the assistance of a skincare specialist.
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