Eliminating Stretch Marks in New York
Stretch marks can be an extremely frustrating cosmetic issue for many. Not only is it very difficult to conceal stretch marks, but they make many people feel self-conscience about their bodies, especially during bathing suit season.
While stretch marks can be a chronic and difficult cosmetic issue to treat, Rejuve NYC offers several treatments, such as laser therapy and microdermabrasion, to reduce the size and color of stretch marks.
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are streaks on the body, and usually found on the abdomen, upper arms, thighs, buttocks or breasts. Many people associate pregnancy with stretch marks. They usually first appear as pink, red or purple and then gradually fade to white or gray. Stretch marks can appear indented, and the appearance often depends on how long one has had the stretch marks. While often localized and arranged in patterns, they sometimes can appear over large areas of the body, making them even more of a cosmetic nightmare.
The cause of stretch marks is not a mystery. The name gives it away. Stretch marks are caused by a stretching of the skin. Three common causes for skin stretching are pregnancy; weight gain; rapid increases or decreases in weight; specific diseases, and medication use.
Many women will develop stretch marks at some point during their pregnancy. Hormonal fluctuations, another common symptom of pregnancy, seem to make stretch marks worse. Weight gain can also lead to stretch marks and sometimes growth spurts during adolescence. Stretch marks are also common in individuals who have Cushing’s syndrome or adrenal gland disease. Connective tissue diseases, such as Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos, can also create stretch marks. Certain medications pose a higher risk for stretch marks. These include corticosteroid creams and oral or systemic steroids. In general, elevations of cortisol, such as during times of chronic stress, seems to worsen stretch marks. This is because cortisol is known to weaken the elasticity of skin.
Rejuve NYC offers state-of-the-art laser and http://www.rejuvenyc.com/procedures/aesthetician-services/microdermabrasion/ treatment options for stretch marks. Another medical treatment for stretch marks is Tretinoin cream (Retin-A, Renova, Avita), which seems to help boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It has been observed that Tretinoin works best on recent stretch marks rather than ones that are older.
Who is At Risk for Stretch Marks?
While stretch marks can affect anyone, some people are at higher risk: Females who are pregnant; being overweight; rapidly gaining or losing weight; having family members with stretch marks; being on oral or systemic steroids.
What to Expect at Your Appointment in Our Manhattan Location
When you first come to Rejuve Clinic to discuss your issues with stretch marks, a licensed physician will first do a consultation.During this consultation, the doctor will learn more about you, your medical history, the probable causes for your stretch marks, medications you have taken and any over-the-counter creams you may have tried. The doctor will also do a physical exam of the stretch marks, and from that, be able to recommend the best possible therapy as well as realistic results. Stretch marks can be very difficult to make vanish, but several treatment options are available for making them fade or be less of a problem.
During this time, definitely voice your concerns and ask any questions you may have. Be sure to state your expectations and desires, and have the doctor inform you how possible it is to meet them. While most treatments produce significant improvements, results depend on the nature and severity of stretch marks.
Laser therapy or microdermabrasion are two treatments often chosen for stretch marks. Laser therapy is done more often and, on average, it will require three to five treatments to effectively address stretch marks.
Non-ablative laser treatments use intense heat and light energy to heat precise areas of skin and trigger the body’s natural healing response. Part of this natural healing response is a boost in collagen production. Collagen is a key protein that helps repair damaged skin, tighten the skin and give it a more toned structure. Ablative lasers will remove the outer layer of the skin, or epidermis, allowing for new skin to rejuvenate and replace the old. The type(s) of lasers used will depend on the doctor’s assessment of your stretch marks, the color of the skin being treated, and the location of the stretch marks.
This treatment gently removes the top layer of skin, or epidermis, allowing for new and healthier skin to form. A device blows tiny crystals onto the skin, which cause the skin’s surface to exfoliate. Then a vacuum is used to remove the crystals and exfoliated skin cells. It may be utilized as an option to laser therapy.
How long is the downtime?
Recovery time after a treatment for stretch marks will depend on the area of the skin being treated as well as the choice of laser and/or microdermabrasion technique. Each person will be different, and it is best to discuss the issue of recovery time during your initial consultation.
Are there any side effects?
There are usually no serious side effects during treatments for stretch marks. Some redness, swelling or bruising may occur, but this will heal on its own. Infections or scarring are rare side effects. After your treatment, your doctor will provide you with at-home care instructions, and it is always best practice to follow them.