tretch marks have been a source of self-consciousness among both men and women for ages. The constant need to hide these marks have caused many to develop low self-confidence over the years.
But what causes these stretch marks to appear?
To put it simply, stretch marks are a type of scar that develop when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. As the skin heals, stretch marks may appear. Not everyone develops these narrow bands on their skin.
Stretch marks sometimes appear when you rapidly gain or lose weight. Teenagers may also notice stretch marks after a sudden growth spurt.
Stretch marks are also associated with long-term application of corticosteroids and with certain health conditions, such as Cushing’s disease and Marfan syndrome. They also differ in appearance. While some stretch marks appear pink, itchy, and slightly raised, others appear white and depressed below the skin’s surface. Darker coloured stretch marks, such as purple ones, are typically newer. Without treatment, they’ll usually fade to white or silver over time. Early approach is the best way to avoid permanent stretch marks
For women, the most common areas where stretch marks may appear are the buttocks, the thighs, the upper arms, and the breasts. On the other hand, stretch marks in men usually appear in areas such as the lower back and the outer thighs.
What is the best treatment for stretch marks?
There are a number of stretch marks removal treatments in Melbourne that are widely used for effective results. Laser therapy, needling, and microdermabrasion are three clinical treatments for stretch marks offered at Derma Cosmetika.
Microdermabrasion for stretch marks
Microdermabrasion involves exfoliating the skin in a way that at-home remedies cannot. The procedure also stimulates the production of collagen to help deal with superficial stretch marks. Microdermabrasion involves the use of micro-crystal streams gently exfoliating the skin’s surface. The dead skin cells are then stripped away, leaving behind clear, rejuvenated skin.
Microneedling for stretch marks
Microneedling improves texture, firmness, and a reduction in scars. Also called skin needling, the procedure is influenced by the acupuncture treatment wherein needles are used to improve and heal the layers beneath the skin’s surface.
Where most other skin treatments involve removing the outer layer of the skin, this collagen induction treatment ensures dermal stimulation without the need to take off the outer skin layer. The damage to skin and tissues is almost none while enhancing how the treated area looks from the outside. With there being no need to remove the outer skin layer, the recovery time is also quicker than most other procedures.
Laser therapy for stretch marks
Laser treatments are often used in stretch marks removal wherein the red blood vessels at and around the area of the stretch mark is targeted using the laser. Depending on how dark or old the stretch mark is, the type or brand of laser used may vary.
The results of each treatment may vary for different individuals based on the extent and depth of the stretch marks. Further, not every treatment will be ideal for every stretch mark. While some treatments are more apt for superficial marks, a combination of treatments may be required for older stretch marks that have become more permanent and stubborn.
At Derma Cosmetika, we assess your skin through a detailed analysis during your consultation to identify the right stretch mark removal treatment in Melbourne. The area where the stretch marks are located and the colour or age of the marks may determine the type of procedure most ideal in your case. All of our procedures are both safe and effective with minimal downtime, providing results that are lasting. You can find out more about the treatments and their benefits by visiting us for a free consultation.