Stretch marks are the most prominent skin esthetic issues. These are the result of rapid and excessive extention of the lower layers of the skin. At an early stage, these lesions have a blue red hue caused by micro bleeding that has occured during the rapid stretching of the skin. With time, these stretch marks whiten and with those who are darker skinned, it is more visible.
The main causes of stretch marks are rapid weight gain and pregnancy, and they occur mainly on the stomoach and waist areas, hips, legs, breasts and arms.
During puberty, both genders may have stretch marks due to rapid growth where the skin extention does not occur at the same speed, these are mainly around the hips and legs. To reduce these frequent massages can be applied and weight gain must be controled.
Over weight patients and excessive weight gain pregnancy causes the same results, where the skin extention is slower than the weight gain, thus causing stretch marks.
Therefore it is important to maintain a steady weight, and during pregnancy, a kilogramme gain per month must be observed to maintain physical appearance, remain healthy, and avoid stretch marks post pregnancy.
It is very difficult to treat these marks; the most important is to avoid their occurance.
If there is sagging in the abdomen area, the stretch marks can be eliminated in full with a tummy tuck operation. The stretch marks that occur during pregnancy are situated at the lower abdomen, undser the belly button anda re removed with a tummy tuck.
Stretch marks that are in other areas can be diminished via laser, those that are on the hipd, legs or breasts can be diminshed usually with one proceedure, yet may require upto 3 repeats.
Treatment of stretch marks with laser is a simple proceedure, it is done wirg a mild local anesthesia.After a recuperation period of a few weeks, their appereance is greatly reduced.
Laser treatment to stretch marks renews the upper dermice of the skin, and corrects the lower rips at the lower layer of the skin.
Micro dermabrasive treatments that are done in beauty centers are only superficial, and is not a complete treatment. The effects of laser treatments are far more supperior as the laser penetrates to deeper layers of the skin, thus results achieved are far more beter.