Stretch Marks

What is a Stretch Mark?

When the skin stretches or shrinks too quickly, scarring forms and these scars are referred to as stretch marks. The abrupt change is often caused by pregnancy, weight gain or a sudden growth spurt. Scars form because the collagen and elastin which provide the support structure for our skin, ruptures and the body’s response to this minor trauma is scarring.

Causes of Stretch Marks:

  • Pregnancy
  • Growth spurts during puberty
  • Obesity
  • Drastic and rapid weight changes
  • Rapid muscle growth during weight lifting

Fluctuating hormone levels and ethnicity can also play a role in making some individuals more likely to develop stretch marks compared to others.

What Can be Done for Stretch Marks?

While scarring is permanent, the noticeability of the scars can be reduced. There are many heavily advertised do-it-yourself creams, lotions and gels on the market that claim to dramatically improve the appearance of stretch marks. Results from these are unfortunately inconsistent and not guaranteed.

Prescription medications are also available to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Most include two main ingredients: Hyaluronic acid and Tretinoin, a retinoid.

Numerous procedures can also make stretch marks significantly less noticeable. These include:

  • Laser therapy
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Surgery

If you are interested in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, contact us at Miracle Hills Primary Care today to schedule a consultation. We’d be more than happy to go over the options available and find the best treatment for you together.