Tiger stripes. Mom medals. War wounds. All nicknames to nicen up something that many women dread: stretch marks. The very words can make many women nervous, and many women feel frustrated and embarrassed because these marks are seemingly permanent. But are they? Innovations Medical can help reduce the appearance of your stretch marks using laser skin-rejuvenation therapy with Fraxel Re:Store and Fraxel Dual treatments.
What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are lines that develop when the elastic fibers of the skin stretch beyond their normal capacity. When this happens, these fibers are unable to regenerate.
Who Gets Stretch Marks?
When you think about who gets stretch marks, pregnant women most likely are the first group that comes to mind. While pregnant women do often get stretch marks as a result of weight gain and changes in hormones, other people get stretch marks, too. Even teenagers are prone to stretch marks because of rapid growth. Bodybuilders can also develop them as a result of weightlifting. Some people can also develop stretch marks as a result of taking certain medications, especially topical steroids.
Treatment Options for Stretch Marks
First, just to be clear: Stretch marks are not detrimental in any way to your health. They are more of an annoyance for most people. But some individuals are self-conscious about them, and as a result, want to have them removed or covered up.
Treatments for stretch marks include topical creams containing tretinoin, a vitamin A derivative, such as Retin A, to promote collagen growth in the affected areas. Using these products can help reduce the visibility of stretch marks. This treatment is often successful, but there’s a catch: The stretch marks have to be reasonably recent for it to be effective.
Note: Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid topical creams containing tretinoin or retinol.
Another way some women are covering their stretch marks is by tattooing them. This method uses skin-colored ink to tattoo over striae to make the surface of the skin appear smooth again. Tattoos can be used to cover up old stretch marks, and although this method is increasing in popularity, there are some drawbacks: It can be painful for some individuals, take several weeks to heal, and over time, the ink used to cover over the stretch marks can fade.
CO2 laser is also an option available at Innovations Medical to treat stretch marks. The CO2 laser has been shown to yield great improvement in the appearance of stretch marks, but it may leave skin sensitive after treatment and may require a few days of downtime for healing.
Fraxel Laser Skin Therapy for Stretch Marks
Fraxel Laser skin therapy is an ideal option for those who want to treat their stretch marks. Unlike other options, Fraxel Laser works for both new and old stretch marks by stimulating new collagen to form and healing damaged skin. Fraxel is not painful and most patients heal in a matter of days versus weeks. Fraxel can also be combined with other treatments to improve results.
Contact Innovations Medical
Want to learn more about how Innovations Medical Center can help improve the appearance of your stretch marks with Fraxel Laser? Schedule a consultation today by calling us at (214) 643-8665 or schedule an appointment.