Stretch Marks Treatment
About Stretch Marks
Stretch marks or striae as referred to by dermatologists, is a form of scarring on the skin. Stretch marks happen when the dermis, the middle layer of skin is torn and there is damage of the elastic fibers of the dermis and along with inflammation result is stretch marks. Even though this layer of skin is quite resilient and elastic under certain conditions, sometimes our skin just gives in and stretch marks erupt. Stretch marks appear as linear streaks on the skin. The appearance of stretch marks varies from one individual to another, especially in depth and color. Colors can range from a pinkish shade, to red, purple, even brown to dark brown. While stretch marks do fade to linear white/silvery lines with time, they never truly completely disappear. Stretch marks can appear almost anywhere on the body but they are mostly seen on the upper thighs, abdomen, by the arm pits, breast, back, hips and buttocks.
Although, stretch marks are not harmful and pose zero health threats, they are often visibly discomforting and prevent many people from wearing particular clothing with confidence. Stretch marks can happen to almost anyone. From women, men, teenagers and yes, even celebrities. We most often hear about stretch mark outbreaks from pregnant women but the truth of the matter is that stretch marks are caused by various reasons. Genetics, hormones, puberty, pregnancy and rapid weight gain or weight loss, cans often cause the skin excessive physical stretching which results in stretch marks.
Treat Your Stretch Marks
It is said that at the first sight of stretch marks, when the color is vivid and fresh , a visit to an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Longwill, of the Miami Center for Dermatology, is best. Research indicates that for best results stretch marks should be treated as soon as they appear on the skin. Dr. Longwill carefully analyzes the skin and develops a treatment plan, such as lasers, best practice skin care products and prescriptions like tretinoin. She uses state of the art equipment to combat stretch marks and this helps leave your skin as smooth as possible. One of her favorite lasers for stretch marks is the NEW Fraxel ®. This procedure uses scattered pulses of light and targets only a fraction of the scar or stretch mark at a time. This creates tiny microscopic wounds on the stretch marks helping the skin produce new collagen and epithelium to heal and repair your stretch marks. Several treatments may be required, although each person will vary, Dr. Longwill can determine the necessary number of treatments required to achieve optimal results. Dr. Longwill also recommends the use of bioCorneum® which is an advanced silicone treatment for minimizing the appearance of scars. In a city like Miami, which is known for their high-fashion and skin-bearing outfits, Dr. Longwill has developed a reputation for helping her patients achieve their very best skin possible. Time is important when it comes to properly treating stretch marks, delaying treatment can cost your skin the chance of repairing itself. A visit to an experienced doctor like Dr. Longwill of the Miami Center for Dermatology can mean the world of a difference when it comes to your stretch marks treatment and skin.