Stretch mark treatment
Today going to tell you about stretch marks treatment in this blog I’ll be telling you the causes for stretch marks.
Stretch marks can be very annoying and bothersome to a lot of people mostly stretch marks occur during pregnancy but can also be seen during growth spurts or When there is a lot of weight gain So, in this blog, I’ll be discussing All the aspects of stretch marks treatment including how it can be prevented it lets get starting talk about stretch marks. Today
Stretch mark treatment
Stretch marks are a type of scar. so because of undue stretching of the skin, which is beyond its elastic limit What happens is that the skin fibers tend to break and that leads to the appearance of stretch marks? So these are actually scars which are there on the skin? they can appear on the abdomen on the breasts on the thighs and Even behind your knees what does a stretch mark look like when it appears a fresh stretch mark has a reddish hue to it It looks slightly red in color and overtime as it matures It becomes pale and they are usually lighter than the natural skin tone and over time They also become thinner and become less visible So it starts out as red and then over time becomes lighter and pale-colored We will discuss the stretch marks that appear in pregnancy.
So why do we get stretch marks during pregnancy?
It is seen that about 55 to 90 percent of pregnant women get stretch marks So along with the stretching of the skin There are certain changes that occur within the skin as a result of changes in the hormone. That makes skin more prone to develop stretch marks This is why stretch marks during pregnancy are very prevalent They can occur on the abdomen, breast, hips, thighs, and even buttocks So what are the risk factors for developing stretch marks.
It has been seen that women who get pregnant at a younger age or who have had a History of having stretch marks on their thighs, on their breasts, are at a higher chance of developing stretch marks during pregnancy also women who have a higher pre-pregnancy weight or pre-delivery weight and Women who deliver babies with a higher birth weight are also more predisposed to develop stretch marks. There is also genetic predisposition meaning thereby that women who have Mothers and sisters who have had stretch marks. They are also at a higher likelihood of developing stretch marks during pregnancy and certain studies show that factors such as increased alcohol intake reduced water intake and even Malnutrition and gestational diabetes can also lead to increased risk of developing stretch marks But these have not been proven even if genetically predisposed
Women who did heavy work and athletes had a reduced number of stretch marks than those who did not do heavy work So how can stretch marks be prevented? Should you be buying these expensive creams which claim to completely prevent the appearance of stretch marks? Absolutely not. There is no cream, which can completely prevent the appearance of stretch marks, so please do not fall for any of these marketing gimmicks Any of these claims are based on anecdotal reports or one of the reports So the evidence is not strong enough to make a recommendation per se so what can be done?
Using a regular moisturizer or coconut oil or olive oil over your abdomen Can help in moisturizing and hydrating the skin This will make your abdomen less itchy, and hence might reduce the chances of developing stretch marks But it will not completely prevent it.
so I encourage you to use a good moisturizer Or on any oil that you prefer on your abdomen when it is slightly damp so that you can keep it hydrated Also, whenever you are developing stretch marks the abdomen also gets very itchy so when you scratch and injure the skin that can lead to a secondary infection So it is good to apply a moisturizer to soothe this itch So you will not feel like scratching the abdomen and they’ll be less injury to the skin Using just a regular moisturizer should be good enough.
Do not spend your hard-earned money on these Expensive oils and creams and bio-oils which claim to prevent the occurrence of stretch marks because they do not work what can you do? you make sure that you are slowly gaining weight. keep your weight under check and also remain active throughout pregnancy
Exercises can also help in reducing the appearance of stretch marks though not completely proven it has been shown that appearance of stretch marks is genetically determined and Whatever you do, if you are predisposed to develop marks, you will develop them other than pregnancy when can stretch marks be noticed? it can be noticed during growth spurts So during adolescence when you’re gaining height You could notice the stretch marks over your hips, on the back of your knees, and even on your armpits and on your elbows
So when limbs grow it could lead to stretching of the overlying skin and hence leading to the appearance of stretch marks can also be seen in people who have recently joined the gym and are lifting heavy weights This can lead to a sudden increase in the size of the muscle that can cause a stretch on the overlying skin So they do notice stretch marks on their biceps on the back of their arms and even on their thighs and hips Use of steroid creams can also lead to stretch marks So use of creams such as Pandora, Quadriderm, Fourderm, etc.
Which have Steroids in them can lead to the appearance of stretch marks We get a large number of people who approached us today With stretch marks in their groin area under their breasts and in areas where they have used these steroid creams Please do not use any steroid cream without Advice of a dermatologist and use it only under supervision for the prescribed amount of period and in the prescribed location has advised. please do not use its area such as groin and armpit and under the breasts where there is friction and occlusion of the skin because The cream will remain in this area for a longer period of time and cause more harm Steroids to lead to thinning of the skin and also the appearance of stretch marks. So please stay away from steroid creams and do not apply it without consulting a Dermatologist,
so how can you prevent the appearance of stretch marks?
If you’ve just joined the gym and have started working out make sure that you slowly gain weight and You start lifting in a very gradual manner. So if you’ve recently joined the gym and started weightlifting make sure that you are gradually increasing the weights you’re not lifting very heavy weights initially.
Let your skin get used to the new strenuous exercise and this new activity So make sure that your weight gain and weight lifting both are gradual Also try to moisturize your before and after your workout, This may not completely prevent stretch marks but will definitely help in reducing its appearance. If you are suddenly Developing a large number of stretch marks, then that could be due to some underlying hormonal imbalance So that must be screened
You should visit a dermatologist or an endocrinologist first screening if you’re suddenly developing a lot of stretch marks how can stretch marks be treated as? Stretch marks are scars. They cannot completely vanish We can only improve the appearance So our aim is to reduce the visibility of the stretch marks because it can never completely go away the type of treatment depends upon the type and location Of stretch marks. If there are extensive stretch marks in a woman who has had multiple pregnancies and the overlying skin on her abdomen is lax Then we may need to do some surgical intervention to improve the appearance of the abdomen Just some creams or procedures may not be able to improve the appearance of stretch marks.
So the type of stretch marks treatment depends upon the location and the type, size, and extent of stretch mark One of the creams that can be effective in improving the appearance of stretch marks is tretinoin cream It comes in a concentration of 0.025 %,0.05% and 0.1 % This can be applied over the areas of stretch marks at night tretinoin cream is absolutely contraindicated in pregnancy.
So if you’re planning to get pregnant or are pregnant, then you should avoid using tretinoin. Another cream That is helpful is hyaluronic acid cream So what hyaluronic acid does is it absorbs water from the body and kind of makes the skin more supple and hydrated. And this, in turn, reduces the appearance of stretch marks So hyaluronic acid creams can be applied in the affected area twice a day There are certain procedures that you can undergo at a dermatologists clinic to improve the appearance of stretch marks the most commonly used procedures are microdermabrasion in which we try to Abrade the skin in order to remove the dead skin layer on the top So that there is fresh skin that is exposed. And this also stimulates new collagen formation Second is micro-needling causing a small injury to the surface of the skin can stimulate the skin to form new Skin and form collagen. So this can help in tightening the area and also reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
There are certain other of Devices such as radiofrequency device and co2 laser Which can be used to improve the appearance of stretch marks They all work on the same Principle that they cause a very controlled injury to the surface of the skin in order to stimulate new skin formation This new skin tends to make the stretch mark less visible and also tighten the skin there are certain chemical peels that can be done which also works on a similar principle of shedding the Dead skin there on the top and generating new skin and also stimulating collagen formation There is a treatment called PRP platelet-rich plasma Therapy that has been used in the treatment of stretch marks in which we take the patient’s blood Centrifuge it.
Take the platelet concentrate out and inject it into the stretch mark area So this will again stimulate new skin formation So these are a few of the stretch marks treatment options that are available if you want to make your stretch mark less visible But remember that you need multiple sessions of these treatments in order to see improvement and always have realistic expectations when you’re seeking treatment for stretch marks Remember that there is nothing that can completely prevent the appearance of stretch marks or Completely make the stretch marks go away once they have appeared we can only make it less visible and we can take some precautions in order to reduce the chances of Occurrence of stretch marks.
So try to accept it as a part of an ageing process And do not be very self-conscious about it because there is nothing you can do to completely get rid of it You can accept that it will be visible to a certain extent other than that you can use the tretinoin cream, hyaluronic acid cream and Also moisturize this area well, and you can undergo certain Intervention to make it appear less prominent, but it will never completely go away so the take-home message from this video should be to not spend your hard-earned money on these creams which claim to completely prevent or erase stretch marks because that is not possible.
If you want to prevent it make sure that your weight gain is slow and you remain active and You really indulge in daily exercises and during pregnancy, you moisturize your abdomen these steps can help in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, though well. There is nothing that can be done to completely prevent it I hope you found this article useful. Thank you