Top Treatments for Stretch Mark Reduction
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a type of scar that is caused by a rapid stretching or shrinking of the skin. The abrupt change in the skin causes a reaction with the collagen and elastin. The collagen is a skin fiber responsible for keeping the skintight. The elastin is what allows our skin to stretch and tighten with movement. If there is a rapid change in the skin the collagen and elation can rupture. As the skin heals it creates the scarring and the stretch marks appear.
Not everyone will develop stretch marks if their size is in flux. Fluctuating hormones make it more likely to occur. You are also more likely to develop stretch marks if you have a genetic predisposition. If you develop stretch marks you are most likely to develop them during a pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss, growth during puberty, or rapid muscle increase due to exercising.
Another way to develop stretch marks is through the long-term use of corticosteroids. Also, illnesses such as Cushing’s or Marfan syndrome can cause stretch marks.
Stretch marks ten to be red, purple, pick, rust colored, or a darker brown, depending on your skin color and melanin. Early on stretch marks can be raised and itchy. Over time the color will fade, and the skin will be depressed where the bands are.
Can you prevent stretch marks?
A lot of preventative remedies are not proven to work or have been proven clinically to not work. Research has shown that almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, and vitamin E did nothing to prevent stretch marks. However, there are some remedies that have shown promise in terms of preventing stretch marks. Products containing centella or hyaluronic acid could work towards preventing stretch marks. Centella is a natural herb and hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the skin.
Most home remedies have been proven to be ineffective. Those that have not been proven ineffective simply have not been studied. Research has shown that almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, and vitamin E did nothing to remove stretch marks. Tanning also does nothing to remove stretch marks. Moreover, since scar tissue does not tan tanning could make the stretch marks more prominent. Applying self-tanner will not get rid of stretch marks either but could camouflage them for a time.
There are a plethora of different creams, lotions, and gels that purport to help with stretch marks. Some are more effective than others. To find what works best for you make sure to consider these tips. First, start using the product early on. Applying a topical solution to a mature stretch mark will have very little effect.
As far as medicinal treatments go there are only two real options. The first is Hyaluronic acid. This chemical has been proven in trials to reduce stretch marks in some people. The other is Tretinoin which is a retinoid. In a study many people who applied this cream to early forming stretch marks had less noticeable stretch marks compared to those who did not after a 24-week period.
Skin Tightening Treatment at LightRx
Skin tightening treatments at LightRx can help to prevent or remedy stretch marks. If you have loose skin and are worried about developing stretch marks, then our skin tightening treatments can help. Typically, laser skin tightening is done with a combination of low-level lasers, radio frequencies, and magnetic pulses.
The low-level lasers, radio frequencies, and magnetic pulses cause a thermal reaction in the tissue, causing the body’s natural healing process to respond and tighten the skin. The body does this by forming new collagen which then contracts and tightens the skin. This new collagen that works to tighten the skin will help to prevent scarring from ruptured or poorly formed collagen fibers.
The Venus Legacy™ is a powerful piece of technology. It also has the capability to help to dissipate existing stretch marks and make them seem lighter and less noticeable. Much in the same way that we tighten the skin, we use lasers, radio frequencies and magnetic pulses to break up the collagen and melanin in the scar tissue and create new healthy collagen.
If you are interested in learning more about our treatments and want to know more, call us at 877-721-4547 and schedule a free consultation online. These consultations take as little as 30 minutes and are private one on one consultations with the clinic director.