What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks, also known as striae distensa, are the streaky lines on the skin, especially on the abdomen and legs, that are caused by the rapid expansion of skin during pregnancy or from obesity. This sudden stretching actually results in the tearing of the dermis (below the surface of the skin). These marks are notoriously difficult to treat, but thanks advances in aesthetic treatments, torn skin can be repaired without burning a hole in or damaging it.* Newer stretch marks range from red to purple in color, while older ones appear white or silver in tone.
What are the causes?
When a rapid expansion of the skin occurs, there is a breakdown of collagen in the body. A sudden stretching of the skin is more likely to occur during these times:
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Grow spurts resulting from puberty
- Weight training that results in rapid muscle growth
If members of your family get stretch marks, you are at a higher risk. Fluctuating hormone levels can also play a role.
How Laser Aesthetic Corrects Stretch Marks
Using the Excel V laser system, we can effectively reduce stretch marks on your body.* Excel V can reduce the redness of new stretch marks.* To find out more about Excel V, click here. If any discoloration and redness persist, we can use microdermabrasion as a follow-up treatment. Microdermabrasion may also be recommended in order to achieve a more consistent complexion. Learn more about microdermabrasion here.
Schedule a Free Consultation in Merrimack Valley
If you want to reduce the stretch marks on your body, and you live in Merrimack Valley, schedule a free consultation at Laser Aesthetic. We will ensure that you reach your aesthetic goals with a custom treatment plan. If you’d like to request a free consultation online, please fill out the form on our website. You can also reach our spa in Methuen by phone at (978) 685-2737.