Stretch marks are scars that line the skin when it stretches at an unusually fast rate. They occur in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin that is responsible for helping it retain its shape. These marks appear as lines with an off-color or red hue. They tend to be red when they first appear, and can change in color to a light gray or white as they heal, but they never disappear entirely on their own.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks tend to occur in times of rapid growth when the skin must stretch. They are most common in women during pregnancy, when the abdomen stretches to accommodate the growing baby. Between 75 and 90 percent of pregnant women will have some stretch marks during their pregnancies. They can also occur on other parts of the body during growth spurts or periods of intense weight gain. The inner thigh and upper arm are common places to see stretch marks.
Treating Stretch Marks
Stretch marks cannot be erased completely, but women with these marks can take steps to lighten their appearance and smooth out the texture of the skin. Topical creams that claim to be a cure for stretch marks are ineffective. At Laser Clinique, we advocate a laser treatment that can minimize the look of stretch marks significantly with a short series of laser treatments.
With our laser treatment protocols, we can improve the look of your stretch marks by as much as 50 to 70 percent. If your marks are red, we can lessen the redness, thus making them far less noticeable. Our laser therapy encourages the production of collagen, and this can help the skin appear smoother, which will further lessen the appearance of stretch marks.
If you are ready to improve the look of your stretch marks, call Laser Clinique today to schedule a complimentary consultation. Our skilled medical team will help you understand your options and show you before and after pictures of real patients, so you can have a clear understanding of just how much of a difference laser therapy for stretch marks can make in your life. Let us help you erase these unsightly lines with the power of laser therapy.
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