The Best Way to Treat Stretch Marks and How to Avoid Them in the Future

Your body can expand for a number of reasons, some pleasant and others not so desirable. Whatever the reason, if your skin can’t grow quickly enough to keep up, the skin’s elastic fiber can rupture under the strain.

When the skin heals, you might be left with unpleasant reminders of the expanded growth: long, dark marks where the skin was stretched. These scars are typically called stretch marks.

Stretch marks may occur in the following situations

Where stretch marks occur in the body

Stretch marks don't develop in areas of the body like the face, the hands, or the feet. They do tend to occur where fat is stored, like the midsection, thighs, hips, breasts, in the triceps area, and the lower back.

Who gets stretch marks?

No single grouping or gender is predisposed to getting stretch marks. However, individuals who have experienced growth spurts are more likely to get to them. For example, women are more susceptible to stretch marks during pregnancy as their skin strains to give the baby room to grow.

Adolescents (both male and female) are also more vulnerable due to the growth spurts that accompany that stage of their development.

Stretch marks don't go away on their own because the scar tissue becomes part of the skin. What we can do here at Amour Medical Aesthetics is manage them so that their pigmentation gradually goes back to matching the rest of your skin.

How to treat stretch marks

The best way to begin treatment is to consult David Alonso, MD. He will discuss your best course of treatment based on factors like your health, age, the severity of the condition, your skin type, and other factors.

The only sure way to get rid of stretch marks is through advanced aesthetic treatments. Dr. Alonso and our team of dedicated medical practitioners specialize in removing unwanted skin scarring, such as stretch marks.

We use state-of-the-art laser treatment to get rid of these blemishes once and for all. Laser therapy has the backing of The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery as an effective method of eliminating stretch marks.

The procedure is safe and noninvasive. The lasers soften and flatten the scar tissue, enabling it to blend in with the rest of your skin. The results are permanent, with minimal follow-up treatments. Because laser treatment encourages an increase in your body’s production of the protein collagen, your skin likely becomes tighter and smoother in the treated area.

How to prevent stretch marks

We can also help you take steps toward making your skin stronger and more flexible so it can withstand sudden expansion. You can’t always control how quickly your body expands, as in pregnancy, but you can ensure your skin is healthy and as supple as possible.

Manage your weight

Maintaining a healthy weight reduces the strain on your skin and the possibility of stretch marks occurring.

Drink plenty of water

When you’re hydrated, your skin is hydrated, too. This makes your skin soft and adaptable to sudden expansion. Dry skin, on the other hand, is more susceptible to stretch marks. Note that caffeinated drinks tend to dry out the skin. So your best bet is to make water your drink of choice.

Eat a balanced diet

Providing your body with all the nutrition it needs will also strengthen the elastic fiber in your skin. Collagen, which is a key component of the elastic fiber in the skin, requires vitamin C. Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons are a good source of vitamin C.

Treat stretch marks as soon as they appear

The sooner you seek treatment for stretch marks, the better. We here at Amour Medical Aesthetics serve people in and around Chico, California, and we look forward to serving you. For stretch marks, scarring, or any other aesthetic concerns, call or book an appointment online today with us so we can discuss your treatment options.

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