5 Questions About Stretch Mark Removal
1. What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are a type of scar that affects the top and middle layers of the skin, caused by rapid stretching of the skin . Stretch marks first appear as red or purple lines, eventually fading to a silvery or white colour over a few years. These faded stretch marks are permanent.
2.What causes stretch marks?
The middle layer of your skin, the dermis, is rich in collagen which keeps the skin tight, smooth and strong. When there is a a period of rapid stretching of the skin, the collagen production can sometimes not keep up with the stretching. This is when the top layer of the skin tears and loses strength, forming the stretch mark scars.
3. When do you get stretch marks?
There are three main ways in which the skin is caused to be stretched rapidly, resulting in stretch marks.
During adolescence, growth spurts, development and sudden weight gain will cause stretch marks to form. These stretch marks usually form in the areas which endure the growth spurts: the hips, thighs, breasts, back and upper arms. This will affect around 70% of young women, and around 40% of young men.
This is where men usually experience Stretch Marks. Weight training can lead to Stretch Marks, as the muscles growth stretch marks may appear on the biceps, calves, and chest. Steroid users are particularly effected, as these drugs allows a person to rapidly increase muscle tissue, enhancing the chance of stretch marks appearing.
Over 90% of pregnant women will be develop Stretch marks. They will usually appear around the third trimester, as the baby increases in size, stretching the skin over the abdomen, and causing stretch marks in this area. The breasts of a pregnant woman will also rapidly increase in size, causing stretch marks in this area.
Rapid weight gain will also cause stretch marks to form. Usually in the particular area which increases in size the most, this will be different for every body shape, but usually these stretch marks will form on the hips, love handles, belly, thighs and chest.
4. Can you remove stretch marks?
The over the counter oils, creams and lotions, are a waste of time and money. These do not penetrate into the deeper layers of skin, and are ineffective at removing already formed stretch marks. At Cosmos Clinic we have a variety of ways to treat stretch marks, depending on your skin type, and the extent of your stretch marks.
If you have loose skin in the area with Stretch Marks, the option which achieves the best results is Vaser Skin Tightening, this uses a Vaser probe which is placed underneath the effected area. This heats the skin causing the skin to tighten, and encourages the production of new collagen to repair the skin.
For stretch marks on average skin, we use either PRP, or our Dermastamp treatment with PRP. PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. For this procedure, we take a sample of your blood, spin it in a centrifuge to concentrate your own growth factors in the blood, and inject it into the skin to rejuvenate and thicken then skin. This treatment can be used in conjunction with the Dermastamp, which stimulates collagen production by creating minute breaks in the skin.
For maximum results, Vaser Skin Tightening and PRP treatment can be used together.
5. Will the stretch marks come back?
No. Once they are removed the stretch marks will not return to the way they were. Of course, if the skin was to stretch again, then new stretch marks may appear.
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