How to get rid of stretch marks?

How to get rid of stretch marks?

Did you just had a baby and are left with colored streaks on your belly? Did you recently gain or lose weight and have visible fine lines on your body? If yes, these lines and streaks are stretch marks.  

You might have come across people with marks on their hips, thighs and belly which are pinkish or greyish in color. These marks are called stretch marks.

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are tears in the skin in form of lines or streaks which are mainly result of weight gain. Initially they are red or purplish in color and change color to grey or silver as they grow old. The reddish marks are easier to treat. They show that functioning blood vessels are present under the skin surface and are hence more responsive to the treatment.

Causes 

A protein known as Collagen is responsible for making the skin elastic. When the body experiences rapid growth due to some reason and there isn’t enough collagen, these marks appear. Below are the most common causes:

  • When the skin stretches during pregnancy it leaves marks especially on the tummy.
  • Rapid weight gain
  •  Growth in children during puberty may also leave stretch marks
  • A breast implant surgery
  • Use of abundant amounts of steroids
  • Marfan syndrome is a genetic illness that leads to weakening of skin fibers causing irregular growth
  • Ehles-Danlos Syndrome EDS is a condition caused as a result of genetic changes in collagen

Ways to get rid of stretch marks

If you feel shy in showing off your bikini body due to stretch marks, then aforementioned are some ways to get rid of these marks. But before read on, it is important to know that as soon as stretch marks appear consult a doctor. The younger the marks are, the easier you can get rid of them.

  • Microdermabrasion

According to various studies this method is more effective for treating newer and reddish stretch marks. The method uses fine crystals and a wand shaped device to exfoliate the skin, removing its top layer. To see visible results several sessions are required.

Pros: This method is painless and non-invasive.

Side Effects: Swelling, this stays for little time and burning sensation similar to sunburn.

  • Micro-needling

This process targets the middle layer of the skin. Small needles are pricked into the skin. This causes the skin to produce collagen and elastin helping the loose skin to tighten. Basically the process leads to skin regeneration which improves the appearance of skin, reducing stretch marks.  For effective results, more than one session is required over months.

Pros: This method is minimally invasive and helpful in treating older marks.

Side Effects: Redness for a few days after the procedure and minor skin irritation.

  • Laser Therapy

This method involves the use of powerful and focused beam of light on the skin. The laser helps to produce collagen allowing the stretch marks to fade or blend in with the surrounding skin. In some cases, if the laser doesn’t work it still helps to smooth the marks and reduce their appearance. 

Pros:  A safer treatment option and can also be used to reduce skin texture and for scar removing.

Side Effects:  Time taking procedure and can take up to 4 months and over 20 sessions to see final results.

  • Retinoid creams

These creams have proven to be more effective for red stretch marks. Retinoid creams are made from vitamin A, which helps to rebuild collagen. The creams have been found to not work on white stretch marks.

Pros: Easy to use

Side Effects:  May cause skin irritation, not suitable pregnant or breastfeeding women. 

  • Cosmetic Surgery

Surgical procedures like abdominoplasty aka tummy tuck helps to tighten the excess and loose skin that contains stretch marks. This method can permanently remove stretch marks. 

Pros: Permanent removal of stretch marks.

Side Effects:  surgery is an expensive option and also leaves behind a scar. It is painful process that requires longer recovery time.

  • Radiofrequency Therapy

Radio waves are used to produce heat energy which help produce collagen in the body. This procedure is used with micro-needling to help heat penetrate deeper into the skin.

Pros: Safe procedure with improved results.

Side Effects: Skin irritation and redness

Conclusion 

Stretch marks are very common and can be treated easily. Every method has its pros and cons. After consultation with your doctor you can get them treated in no time. Have a stretch-free body.