What Are Stretch Marks and How Can You Get Rid of Them?

Stretch marks are one of the most common cosmetic complaints among both women and men, affecting about 80% of adults at some point in their lives. 

Unlike other cosmetic problems, like wrinkles and saggy skin, stretch marks can develop even when you’re young. In fact, they often show up in adolescents just around puberty. So what can you do about them?

At Chicque Aesthetics, our team helps patients in Greenwich, Connecticut, reduce or even eliminate the appearance of stretch marks through advanced skin resurfacing treatments that help your skin “remodel” itself. 

If stretch marks make you feel self-conscious, getting treatment now means you can enjoy more attractive, sexier skin by the time bathing suit season arrives.

Why we have stretch marks

Stretch marks are a type of scarring or traumatic response that happens when the skin is stretched over a relatively short amount of time. Rapid changes in your skin’s surface area put a lot of extra strain on your skin, resulting in damage to two of the “building blocks” of skin: collagen and elastin.

Normally, both collagen and elastin allow your skin to gradually expand and contract to accommodate growth or weight fluctuations. But when that expansion or contraction happens faster than normal, the skin can’t keep up with these changes, and that’s when stretch marks are a lot more likely to show up.

For most of us, stretch marks often appear:

Although they’re common, not everyone develops stretch marks. People with a family history of stretch marks may be more likely to develop them. They also tend to be associated with changes in hormones.

What stretch marks look like

When they first appear, stretch marks may be darker than the surrounding skin. Sometimes, they can itch. 

As time goes on, the marks develop a silvery or pinkish appearance. They also tend to sink into the skin, creating slight depressions along their length.

To some extent, you can prevent stretch marks by maintaining a healthy weight. But pregnancy, puberty, or muscle-building workouts can still cause stretch marks to form, even if your weight remains stable. 

Treating stretch marks

You can’t “reverse” a stretch mark once it shows up, but skin resurfacing treatments can help them appear less noticeable or help them virtually disappear.

We offer microneedling treatments combined with radiofrequency (RF) energy to promote natural healing responses inside your skin. We use a handheld device with tiny microneedles that penetrate your skin, creating microwounds that help stimulate natural healing. The device also delivers precise amounts of RF energy to enhance those healing responses.

As your skin heals, it creates a network of new collagen and elastin, which works to replace the scar tissue formed by stretch marks. Over time, a series of resurfacing treatments helps your skin appear smoother and firmer while diminishing the appearance of stretch marks and other cosmetic defects.

Microneedling might sound painful, but before your treatment we apply a topical numbing cream to keep your skin comfortable throughout. Most treatments take about 20 minutes, depending on the extent of the area being treated. 

Say goodbye to stretch marks

You may not be able to do much to prevent stretch marks, but thanks to skin resurfacing you can help them fade away. 

If you’d like to learn more about our skin resurfacing treatments, call the office or use our online form to schedule a consultation today.

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