Having stretch marks can be very common for both men and women. Also known as striae, it’s a form of skin scarring that’s often connected to pregnancy and weight gain, among many others. As its name suggests, this occurs when the dermis is stretched way beyond its capacity and limits due to the breaking of its connective fibers, which eventually causes the scarring effect. Its appearance on the skin causes a lot of people, especially women, to have insecurities. But thanks to advancements in cosmetic surgery, there are ways to eliminate these stretch marks—but how do you know if you’re a potential candidate for stretch mark removal?
Stretch marks often appear on the thighs, abdominal area, hips, arms, and lower back. The most common root of it is due to drastic body changes that cause the skin to stretch and/or fluctuate rapidly, such as pregnancy and weight loss. Growth spurts as a result of puberty can also contribute to having stretch marks, and so does intense bodybuilding that brings about the rapid muscle development, which stretches the skin to its limits.
A combination of creams, lotions, and a strict diet and regular exercise is the recommended natural means of eliminating the appearance of stretch marks. However, all of these methods could still end up futile with old and developed stretch marks. Most people tend to resort to these before really considering more intensive medical treatments because of its affordability and the lesser risks associated with it. The only thing to remember, especially when it comes to choosing the products to use, is to go for those from reputable brands and manufacturers to avoid having negative side effects. Also, just remember that the fresher the stretch mark, the more effective these natural treatments would be.
Due to the severity of the stretch marks of other people, laser treatment is often recommended by cosmetic professionals to those who really want to get rid of it. The main concept behind it is that the laser causes skin tissues to disintegrate, allowing new layers of healthier-looking skin to form. Those who have undertaken a more intensive form of treatment would require a few weeks to heal, but it can also happen within just a few days as well. Despite its higher price tag, it is known to have a higher rate of effectiveness and patient satisfaction.
Still thinking of whether or not you need laser removal of stretch marks? Make use of Dr. Van Putten’s free cosmetic consultation to see if you can finally be rid of those stubborn stretch marks once and for all.