Stretch marks tell a story, whether or not you want them to. If you want to make your stretch marks less noticeable, reach out to Dr. Jane Smith at VeinCare of Central North Carolina in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Smith is an internist who specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of vein disorders and the effects of aging and scarring. To find out how Dr. Smith can help you, contact the practice online or by phone today.
Stretch marks are scars that develop when the collagen and elastin that support your skin rupture. As those ruptures slowly heal, they often leave behind stretch marks.
Stretch marks usually start off as pink, purple, red, reddish-brown, or dark brown streaks on the skin. They may be raised and itchy. As time goes on, stretch marks typically fade in color and sink into your skin, creating a slight depression.
In general, you can develop stretch marks from rapid weight loss and gain, whether from overeating or growing. Other common causes of stretch marks include:
In addition, if you apply corticosteroid medication to your skin consistently for an extended period of time, you can develop stretch marks.
People with Marfan syndrome or Cushing syndrome are also prone to stretch marks.
Stretch marks are scars, so they’re permanent, but there’s a lot you can do to make them less noticeable. VeinCare of Central North Carolina offers stretch mark treatments such as:
Prescription-strength retinoid creams, like tretinoin or retinol, significantly fade stretch marks when used consistently. Retinoids are derived from vitamin A and they help reduce scarring by rebuilding collagen.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, be sure to let Dr. Smith know. Products like retinol can potentially harm a child in-utero or a breastfed baby.
The team can also lessen the appearance of your stretch marks by treating your skin with procedures like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, radiofrequency treatments, Laser Genesis™ treatments, and ultrasound technology.
Each treatment works in a different way. For example, Laser Genesis treatments even out stretch marks by stimulating collagen growth, which in turn stimulates healthy tissue growth.
Stretch marks don’t harm you physically, but they can hurt your self-confidence. If your stretch marks make you feel self-conscious or you just don’t like them, invest in your skin with treatments at VeinCare of Central North Carolina. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith, call her office or use the online booking tool today.