The human body is prone to dramatic changes over time, so it comes as no surprise that the list of causes behind the development of stretch marks is quite extensive. While size fluctuation is often pointed to as a primary cause, age, rapid growth and pregnancy are all contributing factors that can leave skin stretched and stretch marks the lingering result. While stretch marks can develop anywhere on the body including the abdomen, breasts, and buttocks, during pregnancy, stretch marks are more likely to show up on a woman’s stomach and thighs.
Stretch marks are scars that show up differently on the skin. While some present as red or purple lines, other stretch marks are reduced to a white web. There aren’t any medical dangers associated with the development of stretch marks; however, many individuals that struggle with this condition are unhappy with the aesthetic stretch marks present on the body. For many, stretch marks naturally fade over time but there is no guarantee that this will be the case and some stretch marks do remain on the skin indefinitely.
Reducing the Appearance of Stretch Marks
For many individuals dealing with stretch marks, the fight to reduce their appearance begins with a topical solution. Today, there are a variety of products on the market including acids, creams, and serums that can be applied to stretch marks in the hopes of reducing their noticeability. This approach may be effective for stretch marks that are quite minimal but unfortunately, those with more severe stretch marks often find frustration when it comes to topical remedies.
Long-Term Solutions to Dealing with Stretch Marks
For patients with stretch marks who have found a topical solution to be ineffective, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment is a highly successful follow-up cosmetic answer to the problem. Additionally, patients looking to reduce or remove the evidence of stretch marks are more commonly finding success with micro-needling treatments. No matter what route a patient chooses, it’s important that the approach is in line with the patient’s skin type and long-term aesthetic goals. The team at the St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center takes a comprehensive approach to patient care and is happy to offer patients a variety of options when it comes to stretch mark solutions that cater to individual result goals.
Fractora as a Stretch Mark Treatment
Patients who suffer from stretch marks across large areas of the body may find the solution they are searching for with Fractora. This innovative IPL approach to reducing or removing stretch marks utilizes radiofrequency waves to target the deeper layers of skin where the problem originates. As Fractora strategically damages cells below the surface, the body’s natural response is to absorb the damaged cells and to begin producing healing collagen and elastin. This natural repair process provides the patient with healthier, more youthful-looking skin over the course of several sessions that’s often free from stretch marks in the long-term.
Micro-Needling for Stretch Marks
Cosmetic physicians understand that reducing the appearance of stretch marks begins with overall skin rejuvenation. The body’s own process of repair is the ultimate weapon when it comes to removing stretch marks and keeping them at bay for years to come. Micro-needling is an out-patient treatment option where a hand-held device is run over the problematic area of the skin leaving micro-punctures in its wake. The body’s response to this minimal amount of damage is to heal as quickly as possible. As collagen and elastin levels are provoked to rise, cell rejuvenation is also encouraged, leaving skin looking bright, toned and free of stretch marks.
PRP Micro-Needling for Added Results
Where micro-needling falls short, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) micro-needling is a wonderful follow up for patients. This process combines micro-needling with an application of the patient’s own PRP obtained by first drawing a small amount of blood before separating out the plasma in a centrifuge. The plasma is re-injected into the treatment area, encouraging the body to heal at an increased rate of speed.
Your Partner in the Fight Against Stretch Marks
If the time has come to consider the many benefits of reducing or removing the evidence of stretch marks, Dr. Wright and his team at the Laser Liposuction Center in St. Louis are here to help. At our clinic, patients always come first and we pride ourselves on delivering a comprehensive approach to patient care with each and every visit. Understanding your many options is key to a successful treatment plan and Dr. Wright makes sure to thoroughly review every patient’s history and allow plenty of time for questions, concerns, and preferences to be voiced before putting a customized treatment plan into place. Contact our clinic today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Wright or to get more information on the many cosmetic services we offer!