Stretch Marks – Causes and Treatment
What causes stretch marks?
Stretch marks are actually a form of scarring that occurs in the middle layer of the skin. This middle layer is caused the dermis. Stretch marks occur when the collagen fibers within the dermis are stretched beyond normal levels. Our body protects itself in several ways to attempt to repair the dermis. It stimulates the growth of new collagen and elastin fibers to replace the stretches that have been damaged. Of course, this is not always as effective as it should be.
Some examples of this would be pregnancy in both men and women, weight gain in both, and bodybuilding to name a few.
Stretch marks are also caused by:
This is the most common type of stretch marks occur in women. Most women will get stretch marks on their breasts, thighs, and hips. A reduction in the support provided by the skin may also occur causing the damage of skin cells deeper in the skin.
Gaining too much weight in a short period of time is also a risk factor for stretch marks. How much weight you gain is determined by your genetics as well as your body fat. Everyone gains muscle mass through the use of supplements, body builders, and weight cutting. These are all risk factors for stretch marks.
As wonderful as steroids are for producing muscle mass, they can wreak havoc on our skin causing stretch marks. Body builders use these substances to build their bodies. steroids, which are an anabolic stimulants, are also a well-known cause of striae. Yes, you can gain a nice muscles, but at the same time our skin suffers the consequences.
How do you treat stretch marks?
Unfortunately, treating stretch marks can be very painful and irritating. The common methods of improving the appearance of them include:
Paying a visit to the dermatologist – this will allow the doctor to do some tests before prescribing you with creams or ointments. They may suggest one product or the other. Each treatment will improve the recovery speed of the marks, but none guarantee they will completely disappear.
Laser treatment: This is usually only effective on recently acquired stretch marks. It will improve the appearance of the marks, but will not eliminate them.
Diet and exercise – improve muscle tone and suppleness by eating a proper diet and working out on a regular basis. Losing weight and gaining muscle will reduce the likelihood of having stretch marks.
Tonic and toning – body tissue stretches too quickly if it is overstretched. This causes the skin to rip and lead to stretch marks.
Once you have them, how do you get rid of stretch marks?
Unfortunately, the permanent way to rid stretch marks is with plastic surgery. This is a risky and expensive process and not everyone is offered this risky procedure. However, there are non-surgical alternatives that will improve the appearance of your marks and make them hardly noticeable.
Development of the best non-invasive solution to reduce stretch marks is a recent discovery called Trilastin SR. This was created by the European Company Astara, and it is at the forefront of getting results for this type of treatment. It is actually a cream that promotes the production of collagen and elastin, which is a major protein that contributes to the skin. It helps to improve the skin’s elasticity, and it will certainly aid you in losing the stretch marks you have most.
Possibly the most aggressive method for getting rid of stretch marks is by using a cosmetic surgeon’s laser. This is considered the surest way for completely getting rid of stretch marks due to the fact that there is no possible for the skin to scar or regrow. However, you will have to invest in multiple laser session before you see any results.
Some of the best opted methods for getting rid of stretch marks include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, topical treatments, and surgery. However, it is always a good idea to prevent them in the first place. This is not only possible for pregnant women, but for everyone. By using creams and lotions that promote healthy skin, you can significantly reduce the chances that you will acquire them.
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