Banish Stretch Marks in Time for Summer

Throughout your life, your body size and shape fluctuate. Your skin stretches and contracts to accommodate weight loss and gain, muscle growth, and pregnancies, but it can only take so much before it starts showing signs of wear. 

Stretch marks are signs of irreparable damage that result from abrupt changes like expansion and shrinkage. Yes, we said irreparable, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with unsightly stretch marks.

Our team of experts here at Robert Andrews Laser & Medical Aesthetics can help you dramatically change the appearance of your stretch marks with advanced laser technology so they’re barely noticeable. Here’s what you need to know.

Understanding stretch marks

Stretch marks are those long bands of discolored skin that appear as lines or squiggles across your skin. What you’re seeing is a type of scar tissue that results from damage that’s occurred underneath the surface.

Two of the vital elements in your skin called collagen and elastin are proteins that give your skin it’s structure and resiliency. They form the scaffolding upon which your tissue grows. They support your skin from the inside out and give it a plump, smooth, elastic quality. But rapid growth and shrinkage can rupture these fibers and cause stretch marks. 

What causes stretch marks

We already mentioned that skin changes result in stretch marks, but what causes your skin to stretch? 

The top culprits include:

There are also a few medical conditions that can make you more prone to stretch marks, such as Cushing disease and Marfan syndrome.

What stretch marks look like

Everyone is different, so your stretch marks may not look exactly like someone else’s, but in general, they start out as discolored bands of flesh, typically pink, red, purple, or brown. Oftentimes, they feel raised. 

Over time, they tend to fade and sink, so they appear as white or silvery bands and are slightly depressed.

Both women and men can get stretch marks, but women tend to get them more frequently, likely due to pregnancy. Stretch marks most often appear on the breasts, tummy, arms, buttocks, and hips.

How to get rid of stretch marks

Stretch marks don’t pose a physical threat, but they can cause mental and emotional distress because they mar the body and can affect your confidence.

For many years, the only option for treating stretch marks was to apply a topical cream or ointment. And while a few deliver mild improvement if used early and often, most are ineffective.

At Robert Andrews Laser & Medical Aesthetics in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we tackle stubborn stretch marks with technology — the Palomar® Lux 1540 fractional laser treatment.

This powerful device delivers microbeams of light that penetrate your outer and inner layers of skin in countless columns. By leaving neighboring columns of skin untouched, the laser system prevents indiscriminate damage, and only targets specific tissue. 

The laser process triggers your body’s natural healing process, which includes the production of collagen and elastin, those two proteins your skin needs to repair itself and stay strong.

Because the Palomar laser system is fractional, it resurfaces your skin in controlled sections, which means there’s no downtime necessary, which is a huge advantage over other resurfacing techniques. After a few sessions, you’ll see a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your stretch marks. 

The results aren't instant, but they’re very satisfying, so if you’re hoping to have smoother, clearer, stretch-mark-free skin by summer, get started now. To find out if you can banish your stretch marks with noninvasive laser therapy, call us at 719-394-8450 or request an appointment online today. 

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