What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a form of skin scarring. Stretch marks happen when the middle layer of your skin, also known as the dermis, is stretched farther than it can tolerate. The dermis has the responsibility of helping your skin maintain its elasticity and its shape.
When it is overstretched, the fibers in the skin break. The result is a disruption of the collagen production in that area, which in turn leads to scarring. Some of the causes of stretch marks include:
- Weight Gain Related to Bodybuilding
- Growth Spurts Associated with Puberty
- Other Physical Activities
Stretch marks do not usually heal on their own and need to be corrected through stretch mark removal treatments.
Am I a Good Candidate for Stretch Mark Removal?
Most people are a suitable candidate for stretch mark removal or reduction. The majority of the patients we receive are women who have recently given birth. This is because stretch marks and pregnancy go hand-in-hand. It is estimated that three fourths of women will have stretch marks after pregnancy, usually in the belly area. Other candidates would include men and women who have either lost a large amount of weight or who have quickly developed muscle mass through bodybuilding.
Anyone considering stretch mark removal or reduction should have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do. If one opts to undergo stretch mark removal surgery, they should also be in good health. We will evaluate several factors during your consultation.
How are Stretch Marks Treated?
There are a wide range of options available at A Younger You, and depending on your skin condition and aesthetic goals, our experienced medical team will discuss the treatment options that are available to you.
Is Stretch Mark Removal Safe?
Different treatment protocols have different potential side effects, which will be discussed during your consultation. At A Younger You, we specialize in non-surgical aesthetic treatments with minimal to no downtime, ensuring that you can begin seeing visible results in your skin without any disruption to your normal activities.
If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your stretch marks, we offer multiple treatment options at A Younger You. Contact us today at one of our locations in Burlington or Brookfield to schedule a consultation and find out how to restore the smoothness and appearance of your skin.