Stretch Marks

Why do stretch marks develop?

Stretch marks are a sign of a rapid increase in the size of the skin, which causes the tearing of the dermis. This could be a result of rapid growth as in puberty, in late stages of pregnancy and can also be seen in sudden weight gain or muscle gain. Very rarely, these could also be seen after the use of steroid creams for treating fungal infections. Some families also tend to develop stretch marks. A sudden increase in the stretch marks all over the body may represent hormonal disorders.

The location of the stretch marks varies from the abdomen to the inner and outer arms, the buttock area, the inner and outer thighs, and knee areas. These are initially red or purple, and then over a period of time fade to a white color. They may become thinner with weight loss, however, they never completely fade away.

How can we prevent stretch marks?

Often, we can realize that the stretch marks have been formed only after seeing them. An important method is to restrict sudden weight gain. Yo-yo dieting and binge eating are to be avoided. Vit E based emollients and retinol-based prescription creams can be used to help reduce the formation of the mark.

How can stretch marks be treated?

The stretch mark is a full-thickness deficiency of the dermis, which is caused due to the lack of collagen and elastin, which are the fibers that help the skin to remain taut. This lack is caused by a continuous stretching of the skin beyond its natural capacity. The goal of treatment, therefore, is to stimulate the formation of collagen by the fibroblasts.

  1. Using Microneedling treatment with Growth Factor Treatment: The Percutaneous Collagen Induction using Dermapens and Dermarollers allows for a controlled injury to the collagen fibers. This induces fibroblast activity which helps to improve the texture of the skin as well as produce new collagen. The addition of Growth Factors gives an additional boost of Growth factor complex to the multiplying fibroblasts, and help in quick recovery.

  2. TIXEL treatment: This revolutionary novel technology which helps to deliver controlled levels of heat to the fibroblasts. Heat shock proteins which are then stimulated help to channel the improvement in scars for up to 3 months after a single session of TIXEL.

  3. The fractional CO2 laser and fractional Microneedle RF treatments: These treatments can be used in combination with Growth Factor treatment for reducing difficult to treat stretch marks.

How is the treatment done?

The area to be treated is marked, cleaned with alcohol and a local anesthetic cream is applied for an hour. The cream is removed, and then the laser or derma roller handpiece is applied over the area to be treated. The Growth Factors are injected last over the treatment area. Post-treatment, soothing creams are applied. Rubbing or scratching the area of treatment is to be avoided. Wearing tight clothes, swimming and sweating are also to be avoided for 1-week post-treatment.

The skin stays red for a couple of days up to 1 week after treatment. Treatments are repeated once a month.

How many sessions are needed?

4 to 8 treatments are needed for good improvement, though, it is possible to see some improvement after the second session.

When can the results be seen?

4 to 8 treatments are needed for good improvement, though, it is possible to see some improvement after the second session.

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