How to Reduce Stretch Marks
If you are wondering how to reduce stretch marks, chances are you have experienced pregnancy, puberty, weight gain or loss. Even though these are all natural and beautiful parts of life’s journey, sometimes women are left with stretch marks that they find unsightly. If you are bothered by your stretch marks, it is understandable that you may be interested in learning more about how to reduce stretch marks. Patients of Honu Women’s Health have access to a variety of treatments for stretch marks no matter where they appear on the body. Regardless of the reason for your stretch marks, you deserve to look and feel your best—and we are with you every step of the way on your journey to living your best life.
Common Causes of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are extremely common. In fact, a 2015 study in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology found that more than half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks on their abdomen, hips, thighs or breasts. Even for women who have not had children, stretch marks can develop anytime that there is rapid stretching of the skin; for example, during times of rapid growth or weight gain.
Stretch marks are caused when some of the skin’s connective tissue ruptures during periods of weight gain or growth, which decreases the amount of connective tissue in that area. This connective tissue can include collagen and elastin, which are important players in the skin’s suppleness and smoothness. While sometimes stretch marks can be prevented by thoroughly moisturizing the skin regularly, some women are simply more genetically at-risk of developing stretch marks than others.
Types of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body that has seen rapid growth. They are most commonly seen on the stomach, breasts, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. When they first appear, stretch marks tend to be red, purple, pink, or brown. They can even be itchy or feel slightly raised. Over time, the color of the stretch marks will fade to white or silver and narrow bands will sink beneath the skin. In fact, a slight depression can often be felt over a mature stretch mark.
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Treatments for Reducing Stretch Marks
Newer stretch marks that still have a red-tinged appearance are easier to treat than mature stretch marks. This is because newer stretch marks have active blood vessels present under the skin (hence the red-tinged appearance). These functioning blood vessels make the red stretch marks more responsive to treatment. Older stretch marks are still treatable, but the results may not be as drastic as those achieved when treating new stretch marks. This is why we encourage our patients to seek stretch mark treatment as soon as possible to ensure the most optimal results.
Stretch Mark Treatments Offered at
Honu Women’s Health
At your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Aya Sultan, you will learn how to reduce stretch marks as effectively as possible based on your unique situation. Dr. Sultan will assess your skin and health information to develop a customized stretch mark reduction plan that will have you looking and feeling your best. Stretch mark treatments offered to our patients often include:
These creams can be applied at the start of pregnancy to minimize the development of stretch marks.
Fractional Laser Technology
This type of laser treatment delivers specialized pulses of energy to your skin to encourage your body's natural healing process and reduce stretch marks, scarring, hyperpigmentation, or wrinkles.
Secret™ RF Microneedling
This high-powered microneedling system is an effective and minimally invasive treatment that is utilized for reducing stretch marks and scar remodeling. It can address stretch marks found anywhere on the body.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
PRP harnesses the powerful nutrients of your own blood plasma to heal and rejuvenate damaged skin and help in the reduction of stretch marks.
Body Contouring With SculpSure®
This non-invasive body contouring system reduces areas of stubborn fat including the abdomen, love handles and thighs. As an added benefit, it stimulates collagen production in the skin, increasing lift and firmness in the areas treated and helping to reduce stretch marks.
Many of these treatments can be used in customized combinations to help achieve your desired results as quickly as possible. This is due to the increased stimulation of collagen production which works to grow new skin cells, leaving you with smooth, even-toned skin.
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You do not have to live with stretch marks. As a patient of Honu Women’s Health, you have access to a variety of treatment options that can be personalized to achieve your desired results. With proper treatment, stretch marks can be reduced, and in some cases, erased completely.
Contact us today if you would like to feel better about your appearance by addressing bothersome stretch marks.