Stretch marks not only affect pregnant women, but also affect kids that grow quickly and people who gain/lose weight rapidly. Other factors that cause it are onset of puberty, breast feeding & use of steroids.
It is visible on body parts like tummy, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, and lower back. The middle layer of the skin tears and leaves stretch marks when there is a constant stretch.
Post pregnancy, topical regimen using tretinion(0.1%) and laser therapy prove beneficial to treat stretch marks.
We are in talks with Dr. Vaani Veggalam, MBBS, DA, MD DVL, Consultant Dermatologist & Cosmetologist, where she shares some techniques than can be followed to avoid and reduce the stretch marks. Dr.Vaani Veggalam has done her Diploma in Anaesthesiology (DA).
She has also been awarded as one of the youngest achievers in the field of Dermatology & Cosmetology by Hi9 Doctors Awards 2017 and is also a part of the Ravi Hospital chain where she runs a trust of her own.
Most people inquire whether stretch marks can be controlled, how it can be treated or Is it possible to avoid stretch marks? Dr. Vaani has answered it all, have a look:
To avoid stretch marks: One could massage the affected area with vitamin E, 1% cream (e.g. Evion). Aloe Vera gel could be applied over stretch marks twice a day. These simple steps if started while the stretch marks are appearing can keep a check on their further development.
Some clinical therapies done under dermatological supervision can be helpful in treating it. They are listed below:
Microdermabrasion: This is a technique that lightens the striae by flattening them out. In this the stretch marks are polished which makes stretch marks softer, lighter and less visible. 8-12 sessions once a week can be helpful. Besides, multiple sessions with chemical peels can also help lighten stretch marks.The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) recommends laser or light therapy as the only proven way to significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Laser therapy: It is one of the newest treatments for stretch marks that appear to be effective in reducing their appearance. Pulsed dye lasers and intense pulsed light can reduce the appearance of stretch marks and increase collagen production over time. These treatments are performed by a plastic, cosmetic, or a skin surgeon.