"Striae" a very common term of Stretch Marks, which refers to narrow, thin grooves or channels with thin line or band that are mostly parallel to each other. In general Stretch marks are scars on the skin that appears due to selective loss of dermis and repair in the skin layer that has different color, texture and hue as compared to the surrounding/nearby skin. This is caused due to rapid pull in the skin, changes in weight or growth in puberty stage, hormonal therapy, bodybuilding, pregnancy or selective tearing of skin dermis layer.
Square Root Clinic specializes in treating different types of Stretch Marks with best possible results. We have multiple treatments based on skin condition to improve the appearance of stretch marks like lasers treatments, retinoid, ointments, dermaabrasion, tummy tuck, or radiofrequency.
Currently a modern age treatment commonly called RF excited fractional laser with light therapy, which gives very effective & promising results. Under this procedure the affected area is treated at selective depth and width with desired fluence for optimal results. Dermatologist highly recommend multiple sittings Of RF Excited fractional laser for the optimum results. Other effective options besides RF Fractional Laser are;
Skin Needling is one of the effective stretch marks removal procedures, which is being performed since many years & is very safe for stretch mark removal. This procedure is actually based on acupuncture, which uses a specialized device that differs in size to accommodate the areas and concern being treated. This treatment encourages the production and distribution of new collagen that will gradually remodel the stretch mark that leads to huge reduction in stretch mark appearance.
Laser Skin therapy promotes fast skin repair and renewal without having any heat or discomfort which makes it most ideal procedure to greatly reduce the appearance of stretch marks. This procedure actually emits a gentle beam to affected skin areas, which works within the skin to naturally stimulate a healing response. This further promotes renewal of cellular and collagen due to which uneven texture and raised tissues starts getting repaired as a result of which stretch marks begins to recede.
How do Stretch Marks form on skin?
Stretch Marks actually form as part of skin natural healing process whenever multiple layers of skin get injured. Such injury could be the result of an accident, surgery, burns or even severe acne.
What are different types of scars developed due to Stretch Marks?
Atrophic Scar is a depressed pin-like pocket in the skin that may cause from skin conditions such as acne and chickenpox. Other presentation of atrophic scars is in the form of stretch marks for which the exact cause is still unknown however as per research it gets developed due to excessive stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth at puberty, rapid weight gain due to pregnancy or muscle building.
Hypertrophic Scarring is firm, raised and pink in color which remains within the initial wound area and may fade away over period of some time. Such scar is observed commonly due to some injury or following surgery and can be seen typically within six months of initial insult to the skin.
Keloidal Scarring is very firm, raised and a reddish-purple scar, which spreads beyond the wound area & may increase in size over a period of time. Such scars are very distressing to the patient as it causes itching, pain and unsightly surface. This can also be seen due to extensive burns and in individuals who has tendency of Keloidal and hereditary predisposition.
Is Laser treatment for Stretch Marks removal is safe?
Yes results achieved out of laser treatment are the best as it is safe and very effective on Indian skin. Key advantage of laser treatment is the speed from which the results are achieved. Lots of patients who have gone through laser treatments starts seeing improvement after the very first sitting itself.
Are any side effects of Laser treatment?
No serious side effects or any complication is felt after treatment though few patients might see some redness and inflammation over the treated area that is self-healing and subside overnight
Are stretch marks permanent?
Stretch marks as you know are scars that develop when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. This abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. As the skin heals, stretch marks may appear.
Stretch marks usually appear during:
Fluctuating hormone levels during puberty.
Rapid weight loss or gain
After the use of corticosteroids
Stretch marks can also be hereditary.
The newly formed stretch marks can be made as less noticeable as possible using treatment options such as –
Microdermabrasion (targeting upper layer of skin & stimulating the skin to tighten collagen and elastin fibers).
Laser therapy (stimulates tissue around the area for faster healing)
Permanent stretch marks, however, have already been formed, healed and left scars on the skin surface. They cannot be completely treated.
What’s important is to remember that stretch marks are normal and occur at different phases of life. Understand that there’s a possibility your stretch marks may not disappear completely. However, you can consult your dermatologist to get your doubts cleared and choose the most suitable treatment option.
How many treatments are suggested for optimum results?
For optimum results 6-8 sitting are suggested for visible stretch mark reduction.