Stretch marks (FAQ)
What do stretch marks look like?
Stretch marks may appear as pink, red or purple lines at first, but as time goes on and they are left untreated, indented white lines appear in the skin. They are at first brighter colors because of the broken blood vessels in the outer layer of the skin, which do eventually heal, but once they turn white and silver, it is an indication that they have set in and disrupted the dermis where both collagen and pigment reside.
What causes stretch marks?
Stretch marks can appear as a result of pubescent growth spurts, pregnancy, weight gain, increase in muscle mass, oral corticosteroids, topical steroids, genetically caused hormonal imbalances, or adrenal gland diseases such as Cushing’s syndrome or Cushing’s disease.
What is the best way to treat stretch marks?
Laser treatments are currently the most effective treatment options for stretch marks. The type of laser used depends on the state of scarring. If stretch marks are still pink, red or purple, the V-Beam pulsed dye laser is the best treatment option. The V-Beam emits a beam of light into the skin that will destroy the damaged blood vessels that cause the irregular pigmentation.
What type of stretch marks can be treated?
The only type of treatment that is proven to successfully address deep stretch mark damage is the Fraxel laser. This fractional laser therapy works by administering tiny areas of micro-damage, which stimulates collagen production. Once the Fraxel laser stimulates collagen production, fresh and healthy skin cells will replace the damage sites, which create a tightening effect.