Stretch marks, or striae, are a form of skin scarring that forms when the dermis is stretched more than it can tolerate. They are most often a result of pregnancy, obesity, puberty, and short-term weight gain from bodybuilding and other physical activities.
Any area of the body could be vulnerable to stretch marks, but the abdomen is most often affected, followed by the thighs, hips, buttocks, lower back, arms, and chest.
There are multiple treatments available to treat stretch marks, starting with topical creams including retinoids, MicroDermabrasion, IPL Photorejuvenation, Microneedling, and Smart Xide DOT Fractional Resurfacing.
Retinoids are a potent acid that topically penetrates the skin which causes the top layer to exfoliate, but penetrates the skin to cause collagen production and repair of the scar.
Microdermabrasion allows exfoliation of the areas of the stretch marks. This will stimulate regeneration of the underlying collagen and elastin and eventual diminishment of the scars.
IPL Photorejuvenation is a light based treatment that targets the redness in rather new stretch marks, and stimulates collagen and elastin formation that allows the diminishment of the scars.
Microneedling is a treatment that makes micro-perforations in the skin that induces collagen production in the stretch mark and regenerates new skin. With several treatments there is significant reduction in scars and improvement.
DOT Fractional Resurfacing
DOT Fractional Resurfacing also makes micro-perforations in the skin; however this treatment additionally generates deep dermal heating for greater collagen and elastin production. Multiple treatments may be necessary, but the skin that is regenerated is new and the stretch mark resolved.
To find out how to rid yourself of unsightly stretch marks, call Simply Skin at 814-227-2362 to schedule a free consultation.
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