Stretch marks are indented scars that are formed when the skin is stretched more than it can handle. This stretching causes the connective tissues in the skin to break, which causes scarring and eliminates collagen production. While stretch marks can occur nearly anywhere on the body, they are commonly found on the stomach, legs, buttocks and breasts. Puberty, pregnancy and rapid weight gain are the primary causes of stretch marks. While they are completely harmless, some people wish to remove their stretch marks to improve their appearance. These people should look at some of the most common stretch mark removal techniques in order to determine which one will work for them.
Creams and Lotions
There are several products available at the local supermarket or drugstore today that claim to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. However, these creams and lotions have several limitations. If you have had stretch marks for more than a few months, then these measures likely will not work for you.
A laser stretch mark removal procedure will consist of sending bursts of laser light directly to the scarred areas of your skin. This laser light will affect the scarred skin tissue without affecting the rest of the body. The damaged skin tissues will be forced to heal, which causes a new and healthy layer of skin to form in the area of your stretch marks. You may need a series of treatment sessions to get the best results, but your stretch marks should be nearly invisible when the laser therapy is completed.
Microdermabrasion treatments use tiny crystals to gently remove the top layer of your skin. The dead skin cells are removed to make it easier for new, healthy skin cells to grow. This process will also create younger-looking skin by increasing collagen and elastin production. Multiple treatment sessions will likely be required to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks.
Learn More About Your Stretch Mark Removal Options
The team at Delta Laser and Skin Care Centre wants to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. During a consultation at our office in Delta or Burnaby, you can get all the facts about stretch mark removal and which treatment may be right for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more!