Stretch Marks-The Cause and Prevention

Stretch Marks-The Cause and Prevention

Almost all of us have stretch marks, it would be actually difficult to find someone who doesn’t have stretch marks but is weight or rather fat deposit fluctuation the only reason for getting stretch marks?
Also, is it possible to get rid of stretch marks totally?
Does butter bath work for stretch marks prevention during pregnancy?
Can a good diet and skin maintenance help in stretch marks prevention?
How effective is Laser treatment for stretch marks removal?
Can one get rid of stretch marks forever?

All these and many more, this blog aims at answering most of the doubts that people have about stretch marks. Read on:

What Causes Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are caused when the skin stretches beyond its breaking point i.e. the point beyond which no amount of collagen repair can heal the skin. This results in a thin pink, or red or white lines on the skin.
These lines are called stretch marks.
If such a stretching continues, the dermal tissues too start to wear off, getting inflamed in the process which might result in slight internal bleeding as well.

The illustration below will help you to understand the difference between a normal and stretched skin better.


Stretch marks are not always caused due to fat fluctuations. Sometimes stretch marks may also be due to genetic concerns, usual pregnancy effects, a side effect of taking medicines or lotions such as Corticosteroid creams, lotions, and pills which reduce the skin’s elasticity, adrenal glands’ functional disorders or due to diseases such as Cushing’s, Marfan’s or Ehlers-Danlos

Can the Appearance of Stretch Marks be improved?
The sure shot technique for stretch marks removal will be discussed in the later section but there are some other treatments also which have been known to work. These are:

  • Application of creams which contain collagen booster formulations such as tretinoin, isotretinoin etc
  • Microdermabrasion,the treatment which works by creating wounds on the skin to facilitate faster collagen generation and hence skin rejuvenation
  • Fractional photothermolysis which works on the same principle as laser skin rejuvenation also heals the skin well by focus targeting i.e. targeting smaller areas and causing even lesser skin damage.

How does a typical Laser Stretch Mark Removal treatment look like?
At Kosmoderma, we do Fractional Laser Scar Treatment. A breakup of the same for better understanding can be described as below:

Every stretch mark is first targeted individually. Once that is done, a colour blending laser treatment is administered. If some of the stretch marks still remain because of them being differently coloured, a separate laser technology may have to be used. However, given the Indian skin type, this is a pretty rare occurrence.

Once the blending is complete, collagen stimulation is done to ensure a speedy and effective recovery. Post this skin smoothening using peels can be done as and when required.

Finally, no side effects have been reported for any of the treatments so you can be assured of the safety esp when the equipments being used are US-FDA approved.

Hope this helped to answer your queries.
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