Stretch marks can be embarrassing and may cause you to lack confidence in your body. Dr. Charles Hunt, II of Alabama Vein & Restoration Medspa offers multiple services to help reduce the appearance of your stretch marks to help you look and feel your best. For a consultation, request an appointment online or call the offices in Hoover, Prattville, Tuscaloosa, Oxford, and Fultondale, Alabama.
Stretch marks are lines or grooves created in your skin when certain parts of your body stretch very quickly and require new skin to keep up with the growth.
When skin stretches past its normal elasticity, the fibers supporting the skin — namely, collagen and elastin — can rupture. This leaves the skin less stable and inflexible, and leads to a type of scars called stretch marks.
Stretch marks are common with:
High doses of steroids and some disorders, like Cushing syndrome or Marfan syndrome, can weaken skin fibers and make stretch marks more likely.
Any part of the body that can potentially grow at a fast pace can get stretch marks. Some areas of the body that are more susceptible to getting stretch marks are:
Stretch marks are often red or dark pink initially, and then they may fade to purple-blue. Over time stretch marks fade to the same color as your skin, but they likely do not go away entirely without treatment.
Alabama Vein & Restorative Medspa offers a number of treatments to diminish the appearance of stretch marks. Dr. Hunt and his team suggest one or a combination of these treatments after a thorough health history and an exam.
Initial treatment plans may involve the application of topical products like collagen-based creams and vitamin-rich moisturizers and oils. These help to strengthen the skin in and around the area of the stretch marks.
If these more conservative approaches are not effective, Dr. Hunt may suggest treatments like:
These treatments all help to treat the underlying cause of the stretch marks. By initially damaging the skin, they use the body’s natural ability to heal to re-establish healthier skin and encourage production of collagen.
For your expert treatment plan for reducing your stretch marks, call the office or request an appointment online today.