What are stretch marks?
Medically known as striae or stria (singular), stretch marks are narrow stripes that appear on the surface of the skin and normally are off-colour. The buttocks, abdomen, thighs,arms and breasts are the areas of the body that are often affected. They form in the dermis when the connective tissues are subject to long periods of stretching, beyond its own capacity, which leaves marks. The skin is unable to bounce back to normalcy after such long spells of stretching.
What are the causes of stretch marks? As the body grows, so do the connective tissues grow alongside slowly. When there is rapid growth,the fibers overstretch and tend to break. They initially appear purple and red due to the appearance of the blood vessels through the skin. With increased cortisone levels, the stretch marks have an adverse appearance due to its propensity to deteriorate the elasticity of the fibers in the skin. Some of the obvious causes are:
- ■ Genetic factors
- ■ Hormonal changes
- ■ Pregnancy and maternal age
- ■ Pre-pregnancy BMI- the greater the BMI, greater the stretching
- ■ Alcohol consumption
- ■ Water intake
- ■ Family history
What are the available treatments for stretch marks at Satya Skin Hair Clinic?
ScarLite ™ : ScarLite uses fractional lasers to treat stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles and poikiloderma of civatte. It can be safely used on any part of the body – the neck, hands and chest in particular. The treatment is non-invasive and bridges the gap between ablative and non-ablative techniques. A hand held device delivers beams of laser, which is divided into microscopic treatment zones targeting only a fraction of a skin at the layers of the dermis and the epidermis. Called microthermal treatment zones or MTZs, aged pigmented cells are initially evacuated to make way for renewed formation of collagen. Since the laser only provides zonal treatments, the surrounding tissues remain unaffected.
Dermaroller : Dermaroller is one of the safest non-surgical treatments used on several distortions including stretch marks. Dermaroller when used with Scarlite is a relatively cost-effective and risk free procedure with no pain associated with it. A topical anaesthetic is applied to the skin to numb it. The dermaroller is then applied to the skin in steady strokes for an average of about 30 minutes. As it penetrates the epidermis first and then the dermis, bloodless wounds appear which heal normally to produce collagen and elastin. These are proteins which ensure the flexibility and strength of the skin.
Satya Skin Hair Clinic is reputed for its skin rejuvenation treatments with aesthetic and advanced alternatives which can provide utmost patient satisfaction with substantial results.