It isn’t a stretch to know that no one wants stretch marks on their body. These dermal scars or disfiguring lesions, also known as striae distensae, are characterized by flattening and atrophy of the epidermis or the outer layer of the skin. These long, narrow streaks are linear, smooth bands on the skin as a result of sudden stretching of the skin and fade over time to leave silvery pale marks. Affecting 40%-90% of women, the most common areas are the abdomen, breasts, hips, flank, buttocks and thighs. This type of scarring occurs when the skin cannot bounce back after a period of intense growth, due to pregnancy, weight gain or even during puberty. Stretch mark removal San Diego is here to help.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I expect?
You may be wondering if laser treatments hurt. While you might feel some mild discomfort, there really shouldn’t be any serious pain. Recovery time is better than traditional surgical methods. You may have some swelling for a few days.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are one of the most frustrating skincare concerns. Stretch marks, or striae, are flat or depressed scars on the skin with partial involution over time, but without complete disappearance. Many women are affected by these long, narrow streaks, or lines that develop on the skin and which differ by look on the skin. They are a result of a sudden stretching of the skin and extremely common.
What causes stretch marks?
Stretch marks are often caused by stretching of the skin due to rapid growth or weight changes (for example, pregnancy). Pregnancy stretch marks are very common as well as stretch marks after weight loss. Patients are seeking treatment for unwanted stretch marks mostly due to cosmetic reasons. Lasers and other light-based technologies enable effective treatment of stretch marks, reducing their discoloring, and rejuvenating the skin.
Who suffers from stretch marks?
Almost every woman who went through pregnancy will suffer from stretch marks. Both men and women can be affected. About 70% of girls develop stretch marks in puberty. People who suffered from weight gain, and went through diet, which caused a fast change in body weight, will suffer from stretch marks. In addition, rapid puberty growth, may cause the stretching of the skin, and will induce stretch marks.
What are treatment options to improve stretch marks?
Laser therapy has proven effective for stretch mark removal San Diego.
Is it painful?
You may experience some mild discomfort and some swelling.