Stretch marks result from a rapid growth of skin. This can be caused by numerous circumstances, such as gaining or losing a lot of weight and pregnancy. Once the skin has been stretched, it is no longer able to bounce back. The marks usually begin as purple or red prior to becoming glossy with white or silver streaks. Stretch mark removal is necessary to get rid of these marks. Both women and men in Houston get these marks on many different parts of the body. This includes the thighs, lower back, abdominal region, hips, upper arms and breasts. In most instances, these marks should not raise an alarm because they are not a physical risk and may fade to some degree as time passes. In some cases, these marks can be a symptom of a disease. If the marks appear all over the body, it may be a sign of an adrenal gland disease or Cushing’s syndrome.
There are various treatments capable of diminishing the look of stretch marks. These marks cannot always be removed completely. The marks start once the skin has reached its breaking point. This is when red or pink lines first appear. As the layers of collagen in the skin start to break down, there is an inflammation of the dermal tissue. This often causes a slight bleeding and the formation of scar tissue. This results in the formation of irregular, rough, red lines in the skin. As the layer in the middle of the skin or the dermis continues to stretch, the top layer of the skin stretches as well and becomes transparent. This eventually reveals the marks from the deeper layer of skin. The marks protrude through the skin because they are no longer covered. Once the bleeding and inflammation heal, scar tissue forms, resulting in a stretch mark.
In most cases, the tissue eventually loses the blood supply. Red stretch marks then fade and turn silvery. The skin usually contains cells that create pigment. Once there has been a split in the skin, the scar from the stretch marks can be seen because there is no longer any pigment in the skin. The final result is a mark much lighter than the natural tone of the skin.
The Methods for Stretch Mark Removal
There are several different options for stretch mark removal in Houston. It is important to note that it can be difficult to treat this type of mark. Although the appearance of the mark can usually be improved, this does not mean the mark can always be eliminated completely. The results vary because every individual has a slightly different response to the treatment options. The best way to deal with these undesirable marks is to seek the services of a qualified professional. The first step is discussing your medical history in detail with the professional, including all medications. This is important because stretch marks can be caused by specific medications, such as steroids and hormones. Depending on the severity of the marks, more than one treatment may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
The texture and color of the mark can be diminished with new advancements in laser procedures. This treatment helps the marks blend into the surrounding skin. The overall success of the treatment is dependent on the diet, severity of the mark, skin tone, and age of the individual. It is important to understand that a series of treatments is usually necessary to see an improvement in the marks. The area is smoothed as the skin regenerates and the marks are diminished in appearance.
A Closer Look at Stretch Mark Removal
One of the most popular treatments for stretch mark removal uses the use of carefully controlled energy. This helps the skin layers to restructure. The procedure can help trigger new skin growth. It diminishes the appearance of the marks by making them noticeably smoother. Due to the difficulty in treating this type of mark, the professional must customize each treatment for the specific needs of the individual. In some cases, a combination of treatments is necessary in order to achieve the desired results. For example, we may recommend an RF energy treatment in combination with a micro-needling treatment, depending on the situation.
Stretch mark removal can also be used to address the excess melanin. Melanin is often partially responsible for the formation of the mark. Once the coloration is more even, the mark can blend in with the surrounding skin. Excess vascularization can cause redness in the mark. A different type of technology may be used to help eliminate this redness. It is possible for the mark to be filled in from the inside out with new collagen production. The old collagen fibers are targeted in the dermis. These fibers cannot be repaired and must be eliminated through the natural healing process of the body. The collagen with less damage can be repaired into younger and newer collagen. The fibroblast cells in the skin can also be stimulated to further increase the production of healthy new collagen.
The color of the marks is changed by the stimulation of the production of melanin. This means the mark takes on the same coloration as the surrounding skin and becomes less visible. This is a good option when the mark has been there for a long time. Different systems interact with separate skin components. This means that oftentimes the best results are achieved by using more than one treatment.
Our stretch mark removal treatments are currently being used across the globe to treat scars and stretch marks of every type. It is extremely important for the individual to understand no two marks are exactly the same. Each mark is unique to the individual. This means the outcome of every treatment is dependent on the way the individual’s body reacts. Even if there are several stretch marks close together on the same person, each mark will react differently to the treatment. The stages of healing and remodeling will not be the same. Marks resulting from pregnancy, an injury, accident, or a burn may require a more involved approach. This is dependent on the severity of the mark. This not only includes stretch marks, but acne scars as well. The regeneration process is completely natural. The skin has regenerative mechanisms that must be stimulated and have enough time to heal.
Once the skin has healed, new tissue is generated and the marks are remodeled. The way the skin responds must be observed carefully throughout the entire process. This enables the professional to customize the treatment so the skin achieves maximal regeneration. In most cases, the appearance of the marks is slightly worse after the treatment has concluded. The improvement does not begin until the body has healed. Certain types of skin are prone to a temporary type of pigmentation. This issue is easily resolved once the marks have been effectively treated. During each step of the treatment, the marks should start to blend more with the surrounding skin. This makes them much less noticeable. The complete process may include one treatment, three treatments, or six treatments; it all depends on the unique case.
Some marks are resolved fairly quickly with just three treatments necessary. In some cases, more time is required with as many as six or more sessions necessary. The number of treatments required is dependent on numerous different factors, such as the age of the individual, the way the mark responds to the different treatments, the severity and number of marks, etc. Some individuals also heal much quicker than others. This will impact the overall time period necessary to complete the treatment.
Stretch mark removal for older marks is often effective. The treatment can be used to stimulate the natural regenerative process of the body. This function remodels the repairable older tissue and generates new tissue capable of treating both newer and older marks. The marks are then blended with the healthy skin surrounding the area. The process is both effective and safe. The stretch marks for some individuals cover a large portion of the body. Although these marks can be treated, more sessions and a longer period of time is typically necessary. In some cases, the individual only has certain marks causing concern. These marks can be treated and the ones considered insignificant by the individual left untreated. If the person changes their mind, these marks can be treated at a later date.
The body will work to regenerate new skin after every treatment. This ability is natural to the body. In most cases, this process requires weeks to months. The smaller and thinner marks can often be resolved completely with fewer treatments. This kind of mark is remodeled the fastest. If the mark is wider, deeper, and thicker, additional treatments are usually necessary.
If you are interested in stretch mark removal in the Houston area, please reach out to Blair Med Spa so that your personal consultation can be scheduled at our office in Spring. You have options when it comes to stretch mark removal. Contact us today to book an appointment and learn more information!