Stretch Mark Treatment

Alabama Vein & Restoration Medspa

Hormone Therapy, Vein Treatment, and Aesthetics located in Vestavia Hills, Prattville, Tuscaloosa, Oxford, and Cullman, AL

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, book an appointment online or call the office in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

Stretch Mark Treatment Q & A

What are stretch marks?

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:

  • Pregnancy
  • Weight gain
  • Bodybuilding
  • Breast implants

High doses of steroids and some disorders, like Cushing syndrome or Marfan syndrome, can weaken skin fibers and make stretch marks more likely.

What parts of the body can get stretch marks?

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:

  • Abdomen
  • Breasts
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Arms

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.

What treatments are available to diminish the appearance of stretch marks?

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:

  • Microdermabrasion: uses an abrasive instrument and small granules to sand the damaged layer of skin and encourage new growth
  • Microneedling: uses SkinPenⓇII, which has tiny needles to create microchannels in the skin, which invokes a healing response and encourages the production of new skin
  • Nonablative laser therapy: uses laser treatment with the Icon™ Aesthetic System to remove the damaged layer of skin and promote new tissue development

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 book an appointment online today.