There is a long list of reasons why a person might develop stretch marks over time. Size fluctuation is a natural side effect of aging and as men and women progress through various phases of life, the body is prone to evidence of those changes. Teenagers experience rapid and sometimes aggressive growth spurts that can leave skin stretched and the development of stretch marks inevitable. General fluctuations in weight can produce similar results for both men and women. Pregnancy is a primary factor in the development of stretch marks and often, they present most visibly on the stomach and thighs.
Ultimately, stretch marks are off-colored scars that show up in contrast to the skin. They do not pose any medical danger to patients but for many who struggle with stretch marks, their appearance leaves a less than desirable mark on self-esteem and overall body image. There isn’t any area of the body that is entirely resistant to stretch marks. Many people notice them on the hips, buttocks, abdomen, breasts, and thighs where skin can stretch most significantly. Stretch marks may show up as purple or red lines that generally fade over time to white. For some people, this isn’t the case and stretch marks maintain their discolored appearance for the long-term.
Topical Stretch Mark Treatment Options
A recommended first step in the fight against the appearance of stretch marks often begins with topical treatment options. There are a wide variety of serums, acids, and creams that are available over the counter for individuals looking for a home remedy for dealing with stretch marks. While minor cases of stretch marks may see topical treatment options as effective, for those men and women with more severe cases to deal with, these creams present minimal to non-existent results that tend not to last over the long-term.
Cosmetic Medical Solutions
The team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center provides patients with a wide variety of cosmetic options for dealing with stretch marks that can be customized to the size and severity of the treatment area. While patients with severe red stretch marks may require intense pulsed light treatment others may need micro-needling in order to see the best results possible. Whatever the route to change may be, the team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center provides a comprehensive approach to making sure stretch marks don’t determine a patient’s sense of pride in their body.
This innovative and versatile cosmetic stretch mark treatment solution is popular amongst patients who suffer from stretch marks that cover large portions of the body. When Fractora is administered, radiofrequency waves are directed at the problematic areas to eliminate damaged top layers of skin entirely. Damage to skin cells encourages the body to be quickly reproducing healthy, vibrant cells to replace those that have been removed. The results are smoother and brighter looking skin that’s free from evidence of stretch marks.
Benefits of Micro-Needling
Skin rejuvenation is key when it comes to reducing the appearance of stretch marks and the idea being micro-needling was born from the fact that the body has a powerful system to repair itself already intact. Patients who use micro-needling to get rid of stubborn stretch marks undergo treatment in an outpatient capacity with treatment administered in the comfort of the physician’s office. Micro-needling is administered using a hand-held device complete with fine needles that created miniature puncture marks as the device is moved over the skin of the problematic area of the body. The body reads these puncture marks as damage and begins to restore cells by increasing levels of elastin and collagen. The increase in these levels is directly related to cell rejuvenation, which leaves skin looking smooth and stretch mark free in the long-term.
A Step Further: PRP Micro-Needling
If traditional micro-needling doesn’t do the trick, patients may need to go a step further with treatment and choose the PRP micro-needling route instead. Platelet Rich Plasma is a key ingredient in the production of stem cells and collagen and ultimately works to rejuvenate skin to its youthful appearance. PRP micro-needling begins with a cosmetic physician drawing a patient’s blood and separating out the PRP using a centrifuge. The PRP is then injected back into the treatment area using the same fine-needle hand-held device that would be used in traditional micro-needling treatments. Over time, the skin begins to heal itself while evening out skin tone and removing evidence of previous stretch marks.
Schedule a Consultation Today
When you’re considering the many options for treating stretch marks, begin by scheduling an initial consultation with Dr. Wright at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center. Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing every patient with a customized treatment plan but before that goes into place, it’s important that patients have the time to understand their options, ask questions and voice preferences and concerns. We’re here to help when you’re ready to begin your journey to change. Contact us today for more information!