Skin has this amazing ability to expand and contract. However, a rapid expansion or contraction can lead to formation of stretch marks. A lot of people believe that only sudden expansion can lead to stretch marks. Stretch marks can also appear following sudden and extreme reduction in weight. My experience, however, has largely been with stretch mark treatment post pregnancy.
Dermis is the middle layer of our skin. It is dermis that maintains shape and elasticity. When this layer stretches beyond its tolerance, stretch marks start to appear. When the skin stretches, the connective fibers tend to break and disrupt collagen formation. This causes scarring known as stretch marks.
Stretch Marks Removal Treatment:
While stretch marks are not painful, they can be cosmetically discomforting. There are various treatment options available for reduction of stretch marks.
- Topical anti-stretch mark creams
- Microneedling RF
- Fractional CO2 and 585 nm pulsed dye LASER done every 2-3 weeks – LASER treatment for stretch marks removal is gaining increasing popularity. It is non-invasive and painless and gives good results
- Fractional Radiofrequency
- Chemical Peeling
Of all the listed options, Microneedling RF and laser treatment for stretch marks removal seems to be the most popular.
Now, how does laser treatment for stretch marks work?
We already established that stretch marks appear when collagen formation is hindered. Laser is effective because it stimulates collagen formation in the deeper layers of the skin covering up the long,narrow lines. This treatment is done under topical anaesthetic. For desired results, it may require 8-10 sittings, 3-4 weeks apart.
Myth has it that stretch marks can disappear. Well, that ain’t true. The marks become unnoticeable and this is the expectation we want to set with every patient.