When it comes to the human body, change can be expected and is an inevitable result of the passage of time. From pubescent growth spurts to pregnancy, and weight fluctuations in between your body is a vessel designed to ebb and flow with the influence of internal and external factors. While these changes are natural, the stretching of skin through these landmark moments of change can also result in the development of stretch marks.
While stretch marks do not pose a medical threat to patients, the appearance of stretch marks can make an impact on self-confidence. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body where the skin has been stretched extensively or quickly but most commonly develop on the thighs, abdomen, breasts, buttock, and hips. While some stretch marks present as red or purple lines, others will appear more like faded scars or thin stripes. While both genders are prone to stretch marks, women are particularly likely to develop them during or after pregnancy.
With a variety of creams, acids, and serums on the market to deal with stretch mark reduction, this is often a first step in the fight against their noticeable appearance. However, for many patients, creams don’t prove to be effective enough or long-lasting. In this scenario, the St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center is proud to offer patients a variety of cosmetic procedures and St Louis skin treatment that help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and leave skin healthier.
When it comes to treating stretch marks in St Louis, your body often knows best. In fact, the answer to less noticeable stretch marks often lies in the body’s ability to rejuvenate skin. Micro-needling is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed by a cosmetic physician using a small hand-held device. Many fine needles are moved over the desired treatment area, leaving small puncture marks as they go. The body responds to these punctures as it would any injury and begins producing collagen and elastin to repair damaged skin cells. As these levels rise, stretch marks become less noticeable underneath rejuvenated cells.
In some cases, patients require something more to treat the appearance of stretch marks. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is known to increase the production of both collagen and stem cells. It’s also readily available in blood samples. PRP Micro-needling begins with a patient’s blood being drawn and the PRP being separated out. Once this is complete, micro-needling is used to inject PRP into the treatment area. The resulting stem cell and collagen production allows skin to naturally rejuvenate and leaves patients with less visible stretch marks and skin that is smoother and more evenly toned.
Treating Stretch Marks in St Louis With IPL
For some patients, newly developed stretch marks that are quite red may dull or disappear over time, however, this is not always the case and many patients prefer to have stretch marks treated sooner rather than later to increase chances of successful results. Newly visible and red stretch marks can be effectively treated with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). High-energy light wavelengths are applied to the treated area in the comfort of a physician’s office. The production of new dermal collagen is provoked by these specified wavelengths leading to skin rejuvenation. This St Louis skin treatment lessens the appearance of stretch marks and creates a smoother, healthier surface of cells.
Patients who experience the development of stretch marks over several different areas of the body will appreciate the versatility of Fractora as a treatment option. In this procedure, radio frequency waves are used to remove damaged top layers of skin. As the body begins to replenish skin cells in this area, patients are left with results that are smooth, bright and often free of the evidence of previous stretch marks.
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When you’re considering cosmetic treatment to reduce or remove the appearance of stretch marks, Dr. Wright and the team at the St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center are here to help. Schedule a consultation today to get started on your journey towards change.