Stretch marks treatment

Stretch marks or striae, as they are called in dermatology, are a common type of scars. While stretch marks occur to most pregnant women, they also affect some adolescent females and males. Knowing how stretch marks occur is the first step to finding a right treatment.

Human skin is a delicate organ composed of three layers: the top layer - epidermis, the middle layer - dermis and the lower layer - subcutaneous fat. One of skin's most remarkable abilities is to stretch. It is the collagen and elastin in the dermis layer that gives skin its strength and elasticity.

At certain times, when weight gain occurs like what happens during pregnancy, the skin is over-stressed. After being stretched over a prolonged period of time, the collagen and elastin breaks and the skin actually tears. Over time, these little tears and tiny rips heal, however, they often leave scar tissues known as stretch marks.

There are two common types of stretch marks: white and red. While older stretch marks tend to be white or silver-colored, newer stretch marks are usually reddish or purple in color.

The complete reversal of stretch marks is impossible, however, it's possible to have their appearance improved by gently resurfacing the skin and effectively stimulating the collagen. At Derma Vita Clinic, stretch mark removal treatments use the latest technologies to maximize the effect for different types of stretch marks.

The IPL and Diod laser treatments can achieve great results on new stretch marks that are still reddish, purplish or darker colored than the rest of the skin. On the other hand, the Fractional Laser Resurfacing procedure is more effective against older and white stretch marks. The laser's energy selectively alters damaged skin areas while at the same time stimulates the cells under the stretch marks to cause the formation of new collagen.

For best results, we encourage you to get your stretch marks treated as soon as possible after childbirth. While home remedies such as massaging, creams and lotions can definitely help to delay or minimize the appearance of stretch marks, these conventional methods do not actually treat stretch marks. However, with the power of the most advanced non-surgical techniques at Derma Vita Laser Clinic, your stretch marks can be effectively treated.

 

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