When the skin is expanded due to weight gain or pregnancy, small tears can occur in the skin structure. When the skin contracts after childbirth or weight loss, those tears can be visible on the skin. Stretch marks are common – they can occur whenever the body grows larger quickly, even with muscle expansion. If you have stretch marks that you want gone, there are non-surgical treatments to fade these scars. At pēkomd cosmetic surgery and rejuvenation center, we offer stretch marks removal treatment at our clinic in Toledo, OH.
Stretch marks occur when small rips are made in the dermis when the skin expands quickly. Pregnancy, growth spurts, muscle growth and weight gain are all common causes of stretch marks. When they occur, this type of skin damage will result in darker lines, usually red, brown or pink in color. Over time, the reddish lines can fade to a white scar on the skin.
There are topical skin treatments that can be helpful for preventing stretch marks from occurring, but topical treatments are rarely successful at removing these skin imperfections. For stretch mark removal, laser treatments or surgical excision are the best solutions.
Laser Treatments for Stretch Marks
The only way to remove stretch marks completely is with surgical excision. Many women with stretch marks from pregnancy can have the stretched skin removed with a tummy tuck, which flattens the stomach while removing the excess skin. However, not everyone needs surgery to minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
Laser treatment can be very effective at fading stretch marks. Fraxel or CO2 laser treatments can stimulate collagen and repair of stretch marks, improving the tone and texture of the skin. Fraxel laser therapy can improve the thickness of the skin under the surface, while CO2 lasers can improve the top layer of the skin to fade the color of the stretch marks. Other non-surgical treatments include microneedling, which can also increase collagen in the skin.
If you are interested in stretch mark removal, come see us at pēkomd. We offer non-surgical treatments to fade stretch marks, as well as surgical removal options like tummy tucks. To schedule your skin consultation, contact our cosmetic surgery and rejuvenation center in Toledo, OH.