The human body is capable of adjusting to a variety of external and internal factors including size changes. Whether it’s the result of putting on weight, losing a significant amount of body fat or simply growing at an expedited rate, your body is more than willing to make the necessary changes. However, when the skin is stretched quickly or extensively, there’s a heightened potential for the development of stretch marks. Known in the medical fields at Striae, stretch marks are often found on the hips, abdomen, thighs, breast or buttocks but can form anywhere on the body.
For many women, stretch marks first appear during pregnancy and remain after giving birth. Stretch marks can present in a variety of forms but are most commonly noticed as thin stripes or lines that run along the skin. They may look more like a faded scar or come with pigment alteration causing them to be more brightly colored. The type and severity of stretch marks that a patient notices fluctuate due to genetic predisposition. While there is no medical concern associated with stretch marks, those who have them often find they have an impact on self-confidence which can alter overall emotional well-being. While there are a variety of lotions and serums on the market for helping to reduce the visibility of stretch marks patients looking to make significant long-term changes will want to consider the many St Louis stretch mark treatment options available at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center.
When it comes to healing, the body generally knows best. Micro-needling encourages the body to do exactly that where stretch marks are concerned. Micro-needling is performed as an outpatient procedure that involves a physician running a handheld device over the treatment area. A local anesthetic is applied before the device, which contains a variety of fine-needles is used to make miniature puncture marks over stretch marks. The body treats these punctures as injuries and will begin to replenish and repair the area with increased levels of collagen and elastin. Increased levels of each have the potential to result in skin that is more voluminous, smoother and stretch marks that are less noticeable.
Those patients who suffer from more severe stretch marks may find PRP micro-needling to be a more effective solution. Blood contains Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) that is directly related to the production of elastin and stem cells-both of which can improve the overall tone, smoothness, and health of the skin. PRP micro-needling requires a patient’s blood to be drawn prior to the procedure and the PRP to be separated out using a centrifuge. The patient’s PRP is then injected into the treatment area using micro-needling to allow rejuvenation to begin underneath the skin.
While some patients prefer to wait and see if stretch marks disappear on their own before opting for cosmetic alteration, others are looking for immediate changes. When stretch marks are new and still quite red in hue, IPL is an ideal treatment choice. IPL treatments are outpatient in nature and require a physician to apply high-energy wavelengths to the treatment area using a handheld laser device. The specified wavelengths encourage the skin to begin producing new dermal collagen leading to a reduction in stretch mark visibility as the skin naturally repairs itself. In most cases, 3-5 treatment sessions are required to achieve desirable results.
Patients suffering from stretch marks across the body may find the versatile Fractora approach to deliver highly successful results. Fractora is a non-invasive procedure that harnesses the power of radio frequency waves to gently peel away skin layers over stretch marks and encourage the growth of new and healthy skin cells. As new collagen and elastin are produced, the skin is left looking smoother, more toned and healthier overall.
If you’re considering cosmetic care to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, make sure to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wright at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center today. Our personalized treatment plans ensure each patient has a safe and satisfactory experience at our clinic.