Stretch Marks Treatment
Stretch marks are often referred to as stria. They are long narrow stripes that develop on the surface of the skin. They feel and look different when compared to the surrounding skin. Stretch marks appear pink or purple long lines at the beginning and later turn to silvery-white color. These lines usually develop during or after pregnancy or due to a sudden change in the weight of the person. Stretch marks are seen on the body parts such as tummy, breasts, thighs, butt and lower arms.
Causes Of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are caused due to the stretching of the skin. It could either be because of rapid weight gain or weight loss. They are likely to develop due to the stress hormone, cortisol which is produced by the adrenal glands which in turn get converted to cortisone. Cortisone weakens the elasticity of the skin, and therefore results in development of stretch marks.
Stretch marks often fade with time. But, for better results there are treatments available that can improve the appearance of stretch marks. There is no treatment that can completely make the stretch marks disappear. It can only be improved. One of the techniques that can effectively treat stretch marks is Fraxel laser.
Fraxel laser for stretch marks works both for new, red striae and those that have faded. The laser light is absorbed into the deeper layers of the skinwhile theheat of the laser light stimulates new collagen, resulting in less deep or obvious striae. Healing time is 2-4 days. During healing time there will be redness and peeling of the treated area. It is recommended to avoid sun on the treated area for 1-2 weeks. Fraxel laser is always done in a series of 3-5 treatments. The number of treatments needed depends on the depth and duration of the stretch marks.
Stretch marks are usually developed due to rapid weight gain or weight loss in a short period of time. Avoiding rapid change in weight can prevent the development of stretch marks. Regular use of lotions and creams, regular exercise and a healthy diet can help in preventing the formation of stretch marks. Provide the body with sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals and keep your skin healthy.