Stretch Mark Reduction, Layton & Park City, Utah
What causes stretch marks?
Stretch marks are the result of the skin’s collagen and elastin framework breaking down under stress. Pregnancy, body building and weight loss or gain are the leading causes of stretch marks. They occur most frequently in areas of mechanical stress where natural body fat pads occur, such as the breasts, abdomen, thighs, groin or buttocks. In the beginning, stretch marks appear red because the deep layer of collagen called the dermis splits or tears revealing deeper tissues rich with blood vessels. These blood vessels show through the tears in the dermis turning the stretch marks red.
Until now, there has been no effective treatment for stretch mark removal in Layton, Park City, or anywhere else in Utah. The real reason is that the dermis or deep skin layer is missing and only a very thin epidermal layer covers the stretch mark. This is why affected areas appear thin and crepe paper looking. Everything from hundreds of creams to surgery has been tried to correct stretch marks. Until now no stretch mark removal option in Layton or anywhere else has worked.
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What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks closely resemble scars. In fact, stretch marks are the most common types of skin lesions. About 90% of pregnant women get stretch marks. They also affect 70% of adolescent females and about 40% of young males. In medical terminology, stretch marks are called striae. Mature stretch marks are devoid of color, and newer stretch marks are often red or purplish in color.
Stretch marks develop when the skin is excessively stretched, damaging the collagen fibers and proteins in the underlying skin layer called the dermis. Scientists believe that shattering of collagen leads to dilation of small blood vessels (called capillaries) that results in red or purple-colored early stretch marks. Inflammation and collagen remodeling may lead to the loss of pigment-producing, melanocyte cells or obscuring of melanin pigment. Over time, this lack of pigment results in the white or hypopigmented scars that most people associate with mature stretch marks. Stretch marks are a form of leukoderma.
Growth spurts and sudden or excessive weight gain cause stretch marks to form in young people. Young women commonly get them on their breasts, thighs, hips and buttocks. Young men often develop stretch marks from participating in certain body-altering sports such as weightlifting or from the use of dangerous bodybuilding steroid drugs. Women commonly develop stretch marks on their lower abdomen in the last months of pregnancy.
There is nothing that can prevent the formation of stretch marks — especially during pregnancy or during a growth spurt. Creams and lotions may ease the itchy sensation associated with stretch marks, but they won’t keep them from forming.
Typical treatments for stretch mark reduction in Layton or Park City Utah include:
For years topical creams have been used to treat the appearance of stretch marks; unfortunately they have yielded less than satisfactory results.
Topical formulations containing retinoids (vitamin A-derivatives) can be effective in treating early, red, inflammatory stretch marks, but they have proven to be ineffective in improving the appearance of mature stretch marks.
Applications of glycolic acid and creams with L-ascorbic acid on a daily basis may slightly improve the appearance of mature, white stretch marks. Overall, however, results have been disappointing.
We Have The Solution: Harnessing the power of light to treat stretch marks cosmetically.
Both early and mature stretch marks respond to new light-based technologies providing non-invasive, gentle treatments that can help affected skin more closely match its natural color.
Many physicians are finding IPL a successful approach for reducing the appearance of hyperpigmented (dark red) scars, including new stretch marks. This non-invasive, gentle approach uses targeted flashes of light to treat dilated and broken blood vessels without injuring the surrounding healthy skin.
Practitioners determine an IPL treatment plan for each patient, taking into account the number and severity of skin conditions being addressed. On average, a series of four to six treatments is recommended, scheduled at three-week intervals. Each session usually lasts about 20 minutes, with patients returning to normal activity immediately. By dividing the full program into several sessions, IPL treatments provide gradual, natural improvement with excellent long-term results.
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