It doesn’t matter whether you have recently become a mother or you have lost a lot of weight, stretch marks are never a happy sight, simply because they might be marring your otherwise flawless skin. Modern science now has methods by which you can get rid of stretch marks, and even though it might not be a complete removal, it could very well reduce the visibility of the same.
At AK Clinics, we offer ground breaking stretch marks removal treatment in Bangalore and with these procedures, you can see your stretch marks becoming lighter, allowing you to have skin that you fall in love with.
What are Stretch Marks?
Also known as striae, stretch marks are streaks that are actually scars and appear on the skin when the skin has been stretched out and then returns to normalcy. This generally happens post pregnancy or immense weight gain or weight loss. The changes in the body lead to the collagen and elastin in the body to become disrupted and this leads to indented streaks that could be red or deep brown in colour.
What are the Main Causes of Stretch Marks?
Before a dermatologist or cosmetologist can start treating you, they need to go about diagnosing your stretch marks first. Some of the main causes of stretch marks include:
Pregnancy – When there is a baby developing inside you, the skin on your stomach will start to stretch and when the baby comes out, the skin deflates, but the stretching leaves marks on the stomach and hips.
Weight loss or gain – If you have gained a lot of weight over time and then lost it rapidly, the skin might not be able to handle the stretching and deflating.
Medical conditions – There are certain medical conditions like Cushing’s syndrome (a hormonal condition which leads to rapid weight gain) and Marfan syndrome (reduces the elasticity of the skin) that can also cause stretch marks.
Treatment available for stretch marks in Bangalore
If you are looking for effective stretch marks removal, these are the most common options:
If the stretch marks are fresh or very light, you might be suggested prescription medicines such as Retin-A or Tazorac gels. These help stimulate the natural production of collagen, which makes the skin supple. Regular application could help with the removal or reduction of stretch marks.
Processes that peel the top layer of the skin away, such as chemical peels or dermabrasion are also known to show results – when the top layer of the skin is removed, it reveals healthier and better skin that sits just underneath.
Laser is the most recent and most popular of methods – when laser penetrates the skin, it is able to stimulate collagen production, which makes the skin better.
After-care instructions for stretch marks
The type of aftercare instructions you are given will be based on the type of stretch marks treatment you have gotten:
If you have been prescribed medications, you will be asked to make sure that you apply the creams or lotions as and when advised
If you are undergoing peels or abrasion methods, you will be asked to protect your skin from direct sunlight
For laser procedure too, you will be asked to avoid direct sunlight and keep your skin protected
It is imperative that you pay attention to whatever advice your dermatologist or doctor gives you, because that could be the difference between a longer or faster healing time and you getting to see actual results.
Studies have shown that laser is perhaps one of the most effective methods to reduce the visibility of stretch marks – the complete and permanent removal of stretch marks will of course be based on how old and how deep the marks are. You should be able to get rid of most of the marks, over multiple sessions.
If the procedure has been done by an expert and with modern methods, there is no reason why it should not be effective – laser removal is one of the most effective methods. The laser will penetrate the skin and not only lighten the marks, but also activate the collagen in the skin to make it younger and healthier looking.
The number of sessions needed to remove stretch marks is dependent on several factors – how old the marks are, how deep and dense they are, which part of the body they are located in to mention a few. Once the expert has examined your marks, they will be able to suggest the number of sessions you might need.
Not really – laser treatment is a non-invasive method that is neither painful nor does it require any cutting or bleeding, which means the downtime is also minimal. You should be able to return to your normal routine within a day’s time – there could be a little redness, itching or bruising, but it is natural and will fade away on its own.
Although there are no major side effects to stretch marks, it cannot be said that there will be no side effects at all. Some of the possible conditions include redness at the procedure site, swelling and bruising. There could also be some itching or rashes, but in most cases, all these fade away on their own and do not need any intervention.
If your stretch marks are really old, removing them completely might be a little tough, but with multiple sessions, you could definitely see them becoming lighter. It is important that you talk to an expert first and then they should be able to guide you about whether the marks can be completely removed or not.
Since stretch marks are removed using laser, there is next to no pain – all you might feel is like a rubber band being snapped against your skin or a slightly warming feeling inside your skin. Some people say that there is a tingling sensation, but there is definitely no pain as such.
The stretch mark laser removal cost will be dependent on several factors including how old the marks are, how deep they are, what the density of the marks is and where they are located. The total bill will also be dependent on who many sessions are being suggested to you.
Yes, dermatologists who are trained and licensed to perform laser treatments can remove stretch marks – it would be wise to ask about the same in advance, because in some clinics, it could be a cosmetologist or a doctor performing the procedure. As long as the clinic is licensed and the person performing the procedure is certified and board accredited, you will have little to worry about.
It is best that you keep your expectations realistic – you will not walk into a clinic and walk away with flawless skin on the very first day. In most cases, you will need anywhere between 3-5 sessions to see actual results. Also, if your stretch marks are really old, there is a strong chance that they will not disappear completely.
You need to understand that when you get stretch marks, the very nature of your dermis is being changed, which means that there is no way to remove the marks completely. However, if you have gotten proper laser treatment, you should be able to see them become a lot lighter and over a few sessions, they should start to fade.
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