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Stretch Marks

Laser stretch mark removal is one of the most common treatments performed at Q Esthetics Laser Clinics. Many people have stretch marks on their skin from factors such as past growth spurts, weight gain, or pregnancy; all times when the body is growing quickly and the skin is rapidly expanding. Stretch marks or striae, as they are referred to in dermatology, are a common type of scar.

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The Causes of Stretch Marks

While stretch marks can be a lasting skin change for many pregnant women, they also affect some adolescents as well. Knowing how stretch marks occur is the first step to finding an effective removal treatment.

Our skin is a large organ, and it is composed of three layers: the top layer – epidermis, the middle layer – dermis and the lower layer – subcutaneous fat. One of the skin’s most impressive abilities is the capacity to stretch. The collagen and elastin in the skin’s dermis layer gives skin its strength and elasticity. Not everyone has strong and healthy skin, so the collagen levels that we each have will vary from person to person. Some people will naturally have skin that is more elastic than others.

The skin’s strong connecting fibers in the dermis will typically stretch slowly. With rapid growth however, the fibers can overstretch and break. When rapid weight gain occurs, such as during pregnancy or puberty, the skin will expand quicker than it can accommodate. After being stretched over a prolonged period of time, the collagen and elastin in the dermis may give out and the skin will develop small, ribbon-like tears. Over time, these little tears and tiny rips will heal, however, they often leave scar tissue that appears as stripes or lines known as stretch marks. These can be thin or thick and depressed in texture, and many can appear side by side.

Types of Stretch Marks

The two common types of stretch marks appear different depending on their age. They will typically be paler than the natural skin tone or reddish. Stretch marks are red or purple initially due to blood vessels showing through the tears in the dermis. While older stretch marks tend to be white or silver-colored as they fade over time, due to blood vessels contracting and the pale subcutaneous fat underneath becoming visible. Stretch marks can feel depressed or textured differently than healthy, surrounding skin.

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The Causes of Stretch Marks

Aside from rapid stretching, a number of other risk factors have been linked to the development of stretch marks. The etiology and diagnosis of stretch marks still remain somewhat mysterious however, and not much scientific evidence exists to firmly link any specific risk factors. One consistent connection that has been made, is that people are more likely to develop stretch marks when there are high levels of circulating cortisone in their system, as well as in skin that has had high levels of topical cortisone medication applied. Some studies suggest that stress could affect one’s tendency to develop stretch marks, in that it weakens the skin. Cortisol, a stress hormone produced by our adrenal glands, converts into cortisone and may weaken elastin fibers in our skin.

Stretch Mark Removal Treatments

Unfortunately stretch marks cannot be completely erased or removed, however it is possible to have their appearance improved and faded by gently resurfacing the skin and effectively stimulating collagen production. * At Q Esthetics Laser Clinic
, stretch mark removal treatments use the cosmetic industry’s latest technologies to maximize the effect of skin repair and collagen regeneration for different types of stretch marks.

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What can I expect during and after the treatment?

Microdermabrasion , IPL and Fractional Laser Tightening can achieve impressive results on new stretch marks that are still reddish, purplish or darker colored than the rest of the skin*.
On the other hand, the Fractional Laser Resurfacing procedure is more effective for the treatment of older and paler stretch marks*. The 1540 Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing Handpiece is currently the only fractional device to receive FDA approval for Scars and Striae!

We also utilize PRP injections and microneedling to stimulate new, thicker and smoother skin and collagen that greatly minimizes the appearance of texture irregularities due to stretch marks. Most patients will have minimal recovery time with some mild redness and swelling for the first two or three days.
For optimal results, we encourage you to have your stretch marks treated as soon as possible after they appear. Home remedies such as massage creams and lotions can definitely help to delay or minimize the appearance of stretch marks, but these do-it-yourself methods do not actually treat stretch marks. With the power of the most advanced non-surgical techniques at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic , your stretch marks can be effectively removed*.

Please call one of our three convenient Q Esthetics clinics for your complimentary consultation. During your one-on-one consultation, you will be invited to talk about your aesthetic goals, have an examination of the problem area and be provided with a detailed plan tailored for your specific concerns*.

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Here at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, we work with thousands of acne patients each and every year, so we understand how you feel about unsightly acne and the frightening possibility of acne scarring. You may already have scarring to deal with, and you’ve likely tried many products to treat yourself at home, experiencing disappointment and frustration. Our experienced medical staff will thoroughly examine your complexion to ensure the right treatment options are offered to you for your specific needs*. Acne treatment is not one size fits all, and your private one-on-one consultation will be the first step to regaining clear and acne-free skin again. Rest assured we offer many different treatment modalities, and if you’ve given up trying to treat your acne or scars because of poor results from previous treatments, we will find effective alternatives so that you can begin to see clear and smooth skin again.

Call one of our three convenient clinics today and book your complimentary consultation to find out how we can assist you.

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