Stretch marks appear on the skin as stripes with an off-color hue, primarily due to overstretching. They begin as flat pink, red, or purple cavernous streaks and change to off-color hue over time. These nasty marks can appear anywhere, but most commonly they appear on abdomen, thighs, hips, chest, and groin. Stretch marks resemble with the lines you see on the surface of an overinflated balloon.
Causes of Stretch Marks
As stated above, stretch marks are primarily caused by overstretching of the skin. You skin is naturally fairly elastic, but it has a limit beyond which it can’t heal and repair automatically. When the skin is stretched beyond its capacity, this damages and scars skin tissues. This scarring in the inner layers of the skin appears as stretch marks.
However, there are several other factors as well that contribute to appearance of these nasty zebra lines. Stretch marks can be caused by hormonal imbalance. A hormone called glucocorticoid has been found to trigger formation of stretch marks by hampering production of collagen and elastin fibers – naturally occurring proteins that are necessary to keep fast-growing skin tight and supple. Furthermore, many factors like genetics, overall health, age, and diet can affect a person’s ability to withstand stretching force.
Tips to Prevent Formation of Stretch Marks:
As they say, prevention is better than cure, it is always a nice idea to stop these unsightly zebra streak from appearing in the first place. With a little care and vigilance, formation of stretch marks can be prevented to a considerable degree. The easiest and simplest way to shun any risk of stretch marks appearance is to keep your skin moisturized.
You can use a homemade moisturizer as well as any good quality over-the-counter moisturizing lotion. Shea better is a time tested natural moisturizer for preventing and treating stretch marks. Wheat germ oil, Aloe vera, and turmeric extract, when combined together, form the best herbal moisturizer for stretch marks.
Retin-A is a clinically approved ingredient you can use to minimize the risk of stretch marks development. However, these prevention ingredients work well only when used for preventing the stretch marks or at most for treating the marks in their early stage. Old stubborn marks may not respond that well to these natural moisturizers.
How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
If you have already developed zebra streaks on your abdomen, thighs, buttocks or anywhere else on the body, then don’t fret. There are numerous treatment options available to help you get rid of stretch marks. Two most effective clinical procedures for stretch marks treatment are micro needling stretch mark treatment and laser skin resurfacing. The former is explained below:
Micro Needling Stretch Mark Treatment:
It is a simple procedure in which a specially designed dermapen is used for treating the stretch marks. It is actually not a very painful procedure but still doctors perform it with topical anesthesia. A numbing cream is applied to the skin half an hour prior to the procedure. Hyaluronic acid gel is applied to the treatment site first and then the dermapen is then used to target each stretch mark individually. There are multiple needles present in the Dermapen, which cause micro injuries in treated tissues. This trigger healing process and as a result the scars fade away.
Expect the stretch marks to turn a little red after treatment. Treated skin may be tender for 3 to 4 days and feel like minor sunburn. The healing time could be anywhere between 3 days to a week. Multiple sessions may be needed to achieve desired results. Micro needling stretch mark treatments are usually sold in a package of four, each done a month apart.
The same Dermapen – also known as micro-pen – can also be used for acne scars treatment, eliminating fine lines and wrinkles, enhancing appearance of age spots and fading facial hyper-pigmentation.
Laser Skin Resurfacing is also a very effective stretch mark treatment in Dubai. Fractional CO2 Lasers are generally used for this purpose. If you have any other queries and concerns regarding how to get rid of stretch marks, contact Laser Skin Care Clinic. The clinic also offers free online consultation for its esteemed clients.