Stretch Mark

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Stretch Mark Treatment

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are lines or bands caused by stretching of the skin's connective tissue.  This rapid expanding of the skin can lead to stretch marks. Up to 90 percent of women get stretch marks during pregnancy. However, stretch marks can affect people of nearly all ages and skin types.

Higher levels of steroid hormones in the body appear to play a role in some cases.  Similarly, people who are taking steroid medications or using topical steroid creams may be more likely to get stretch marks.  This may be because steroid hormones weaken collagen in the skin, making it more likely to break. Genetics plays a role. Some skin types are more prone to stretch marks than others.

Treatments for stretch marks

Stretch marks have always been hard to get rid of because they are tears of skin at a deep level, and rupture within the collagen fibers.  Nevertheless, there are still a few treatments that begin to see improvement in the removal of stretch marks.

Laser therapy is one of the newest treatments for stretch marks that appears to be effective in reducing their appearance.

Intense pulsed light can also improve the appearance of stretch marks and increase collagen production over time.

Another approach is the Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy that has gained popularity as a way to revive skin and increase collagen production. PRP therapy uses platelet-rich plasma taken from the person's own blood immediately before the procedure.

A study in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy indicates that PRP therapy coupled with an ultrasound device may be a good treatment for reducing stretch marks.

If you are in search of ways to remove your stretch marks, make an appointment with Dr. Poon.  He will certainly advise which treatment is best for you.

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