Can I Get rid of My Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are a sign of growth. Literally. Whether it’s your tummy that grew during pregnancy, your breasts that grew thanks to a gorgeous augmentation procedure, or it’s due to a growth spurt, weight gain, or new muscle mass, something forced your skin to stretch out farther and faster than it was ready to.

When your skin stretches too quickly and too far, the collagen fibers that give your skin support get ripped apart. You can even develop stretch marks from minor stretching if you have too much of the hormone cortisone in your body because cortisone decreases your skin’s elasticity.

But, seriously, do you really care how you got stretch marks? The only thing you really want to know is how to get rid of them. For good.

Stretch marks are scars

The skin experts at Health and Beauty Associates in Charlotte, North Carolina, know that stretch marks — like other scars — are hard to improve. The texture and color of scars differ from normal, healthy skin because the collagen fibers and other skin elements are in a disordered arrangement. Your stretch marks may be indented or raised, and either darker or lighter than your surrounding skin.

Like all scars, stretch marks usually require a multi-pronged treatment approach to break up the disordered collagen strands. Ideally, you also want your body to produce new, healthy collagen and elastin to repair your skin.

Why creams don’t help stretch marks

Most over-the-counter (OTC) remedies don’t do anything to resolve your stretch marks. While they might make your skin feel softer, and may even improve elasticity briefly and slightly, they can’t break up the disordered collagen or produce new collagen unless they have specialized ingredients.

If you want to try an OTC cream or lotion, look for those that contain hyaluronic acid (HA), retinoids, or retinol. The HA can make your skin more moist and pliable. Retinoids, retinol, and other vitamin-A derivatives boost collagen production to create healthier, stronger skin.

However, even creams and other topical treatments with helpful active ingredients can only go so far to improve your stretch marks. If you have deeply colored, ridged, or indented marks, you’ll need the help of the experts at Health and Beauty Associates.

Sand away your stretch marks

Your aesthetic professional uses a mechanical technique called microdermabrasion to gently buff away the top layer of your skin to reveal healthier, more vibrant skin underneath.

Microdermabrasion does more than improve the look of your stretch marks on the surface, though. The sanding and scrubbing from tiny crystals create micro-wounds in your skin that prompt your body to send in its healing forces in the form of new collagen and elastin.

As your skin heals from microdermabrasion, the fresh new collagen and elastin help repair the disordered collagen in your scar. The new collagen also plumps up your skin, so that it better matches the color and texture of your surrounding healthy skin.

Shed some light on your stretch marks

One of the most effective methods of improving stretch marks and restoring your skin’s health and elasticity is through cutting-edge laser treatments. The aesthetic professionals at Health and Beauty Associates use the state-of-the-art Cynosure® Icon™ to send healing laser light energy deep into your scar tissue. The heat from the laser stimulates your body to produce plentiful new strands of collagen and elastin while a cooling mechanism keeps your skin comfortable and safe.

Icon treatments only take about 30 minutes per session. You’ll probably need a series of at least three sessions to get the improvement you want. Your doctors may also recommend co-therapy with microdermabrasion or retinoids to achieve optimum results.

When you’re ready to show off your body again, contact the experts at Health and Beauty Associates for stretch mark treatment. You can call our friendly office team or set up an appointment using our online form.

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