Am I A Candidate for Stretch Mark Removal?
The skin on your body is strong and elastic. When your skin stretches too quickly, you can develop stretch marks. These types of marks can be confidence-busters and limit how much skin you show. If you’re bothered by the appearance of stretch marks, you have the option of having them removed.
What Is Stretch Mark Removal?
You can eliminate stretch marks and smooth your skin through laser treatments.
The Stretch Mark Removal Process
As there are several different stretch mark removal process, lasers improve the texture of the skin. Using laser beam energy, your doctor heats the skin. The laser energy’s purpose is to damage the cells beneath the targeted area. This damage “kickstarts” collagen and elastin production during the skin’s recovery phase. Collagen and elastin create a smoother and healthier skin surface.
Generally, no anesthetic is needed for a skin laser treatment. You may experience some tingling. Some people have reported that they experience a sensation like a rubber band being snapped against the skin.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Stretch Mark Removal?
You’re a good candidate for laser stretch mark removal when:
- You have a fair complexion and light pigmentation
- Your stretch marks are shallow
- You want a non-surgical treatment
If you have a darker complexion or a history of skin pigmentation disorders, a laser “spot test” can be given to see how your skin reacts to laser treatments before larger areas of skin are treated.
The Benefits of Stretch Mark Removal
When you visit a doctor who is an experienced laser skin care specialist, you’ll experience the following benefits:
- Few or no side effects
- Minimal or no downtime
- A safe treatment when performed by a trained and experienced physician
The Recovery Process
Right after a laser treatment for stretch mark removal, the treated areas may feel sore. Some redness may develop. The level of these symptoms can be compared to sunburn and should go away within two to three days. Most people resume normal activities right away.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks, also called striae, form when your skin’s collagen and elastin breaks down under stress. Stress can come from your skin stretching during weight gain, pregnancy, body building, and growth spurts during puberty. Stretch marks develop when the middle layer of skin (dermis) is stretched beyond capacity.
Ways to Avoid Getting Stretch Marks
The best way to avoid stretch marks from developing is to keep your skin as elastic as possible. You can do this by diligently keeping your skin well-hydrated and well-nourished.
Drink Water: Drink enough water, about 64 ounces per day, to help strengthen and renew your skin.
Eat “Skin” Healthy Foods: Collagen and elastin fibers in your skin are needed to keep rapidly growing skin tight. The stronger your skin is, the less likely it is to breakdown and develop stretch marks. Eat foods that help promote the formation of collagen that contain vitamin E, zinc, vitamin C and silica. Vitamin C contains important antioxidants that help protect you from tissue damage. Vitamins B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin) also can help promote and maintain healthy skin.
If you’d like to find out more about laser skin treatments for stretch mark removal, consult with one of our knowledgeable skin care specialists at Sculpt CosMedics in Brooklyn. Our state-of-the-art office and dedicated team of medical professionals offer a wide range of the latest rejuvenation and aesthetic therapies.