Unfortunately, skin will not bounce back in its pure state if it’s been stretched by rapid growth due to pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss. Instead, it becomes decorated by a form of scarring called stretch marks, or striae. Stretch marks often start off as reddish or purplish in color, then become glossy skin that appears streaked in silver or white.
Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin that allows it to retain its shape. However, when constantly stretched, the dermis can break down leaving behind stretch marks.
Men and women can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies, including the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or lower back.
What Can I Do About Stretch Marks?
There are several treatment options for stretch marks. At Tucson Cosmetics, we have seen wonderful improvements in the appearance of stretch marks with Thermage. Dr Rubbani’s skill in improving these marks can be evidenced by the many before and after pictures that we can show you!
Be sure to give the doctor your detailed medical history, including the medications that you are taking. Some medications can cause stretch marks, and it is very important to be open and honest with your doctor. Medications that worsen stretch marks include hormones and steroids.
The degree of success with any treatment will be impacted by your age, your skin tone and even your diet. It’s important to note that insurance coverage will not cover stretch mark removal because it is a cosmetic procedure (even if the stretch marks are particularly severe).
We recommend that you also follow the physician’s advice in terms of the topicals that you should use along with the laser treatment. The take home regimen will only add to the benefits of your Thermage treatment. IT may seem like an extra expense, but the physician can only get you a home run if we cover ALL the bases.
Lotions and Creams
There are plenty over-the-counter treatments for stretch marks. These are very effective, and we at Glow have found that keeping the skin hydrating from the inside and out supports healthy skin growth. The outer .4 mm of your skin is solely fed by the atmosphere so things like drying the skin out and smoking can choke the skin and cause other horrible things like cellulite too. Dr. Rubbani herself has great expertise in the treatment of these problems specifically tailored to your skin, so please follow the take home advice as well for optimal results.
If you are a woman who is pregnant and you are concerned with stretch marks, let your physician know you want to begin preventative treatment before your stomach starts growing. Dr. Rubbani will best advise you as to how to prevent them.
Individual Results may vary and no guarantees can be made.