What Are Stretch Marks?
Hey, we ain’t going to lie: stretch marks are no fun. These marks are streaks on skin that has been overstretched. They begin as flat red lines, and then show up as slightly depressed white streaks over time. They usually occur near or on the thighs, abdomen, armpits, chest, buttocks, and groin. Their appearance is similar to the surface of overinflated rubber balloons.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
There is some controversy regarding exactly how stretch marks occur. Damage to the elastic fibers of the dermis (the deeper layer of the skin) accompanied by inflammation eventually results in atrophic scar-like changes.
Excessive physical stretching of the skin appears to induce these changes. Such stretching may be imposed by a fast and excessive increase in body mass (weight gain), the excessive use of steroids, Cushing’s disease (overproduction of glucocorticoids by the adrenal gland), puberty, Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (two uncommon genetic diseases), excessively large breasts or breast implants, and pregnancy.
What Are The Risk Factors?
Excessive, fast weight gain and pregnancy are the two most common risk factors that lead to the development of these marks. Other risk factors include the conditions described above that predispose the skin to excess stretching.
What Are The Signs of Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are not usually painful or itchy, nor do they produce troublesome symptoms. They begin as linear red streaks and eventually become linear white lines.
What Are the Best Treatments for Stretch Marks?
PicoSure Laser Treatments
Using PressureWave technology, Picosure delivers extremely short bursts of specialized energy that target skin irregularities. The rapid pulses create pressure that breaks up skin particles, allowing them to be flushed out of your body through your lymphatic system. This targeted approach allows stretch marks to be treated without any damage to the healthy skin around them.
ICON Laser Treatments
The ICON is an amazing laser that delivers energy to the skin through high-precision microbeams. The light penetrates the skin’s deepest layers, causing the stretch-marked skin to repair itself by producing more collagen and elastin, which are compounds that give skin its strong, tight, and smooth appearance.
Potenza RF Microneedling
This FDA-approved radiofrequency microneedling treatment involves using the handheld Potenza device, which has ultrafine needles and radiofrequency energy, to penetrate the skin’s outermost layers. In doing this, we trigger the skin’s natural repair process and boost the production of hyaluronic acid as well as collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep skin smooth, supple, and healthy. The skin is treated via this regenerative response.
Stretch Mark Treatments in Beaumont, TX
Ready to visit with us at Aesthetic Laser Center and get even more beautiful than you already are? Our top-of-the-line treatments like PicoSure, the ICON and Potenza can treat stretch marks, helping you to feel more confident in your skin.* Simply give us a call at 409-300-1620 or click the button below to set up an appointment today.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.