Stretch marks, or striae gravidarum, typically appear as bands of parallel lines on your skin. These lines are a different colour and texture than your normal skin, ranging from purple to bright pink to light gray. When you touch stretch marks with your fingers, you might feel a slight ridge or indentation in your skin. Sometimes, stretch marks feel itchy.
These lines commonly appear during or after pregnancy or after a sudden change in your weight. They affect both men and women of all ethnic backgrounds.
Where Do Stretch Marks Occur?
You can have stretch marks just about anywhere, but they are most common on your stomach, love handles,breast and chest area, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks seem to be caused by a stretching of the skin and an increase of cortisone in your system. Cortisone is a hormone naturally produced by your adrenal glands. However, too much of this hormone can make your skin lose its elasticity.
The following put you at greater risk for developing stretch marks:
being a woman
being Caucasian (pale skin)
having a family history of stretch marks
being pregnant, Stretch marks typically occur between the sixth and seventh month of pregnancy the skin is stretched in numerous ways to make room for the developing baby. This continual tugging and stretching can cause stretch marks
having dramatic weight loss or gainAfter gaining or losing weight: Stretch marks sometimes appear when you rapidly gain or lose weight. Teenagers may also notice stretch marks after a sudden
When using steroid medications: Corticosteroid creams, lotions, and pills can cause stretch marks by decreasing the skin’s ability to stretch.
If you have certain diseases: Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and other adrenal gland disorders can cause stretch marks by increasing the amount of cortisone in your body.
Perfect skin treatments that can help improve the look of stretch marks
Sadly there is no complete way to get rid of the stretch marks as it is a tear in the skin, even the. Mist skilled surgeon couldn’t stitch this back . However here are two treatments that give excellent improvement
Derma pen, the latest treatment that gives amazing results, derived from derma roller, the smaller circular head and motor powered really allows the practitioner to focus on the stretch marks And get deeper. More .intense results. Tiny micro needles create minute pin point punctures in the skin. The body perceives this as damage, which stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin. Consecutive skin needling sessions keeps this process of healing at a cosmetic level, helping to lift out and fill the valleys and scars of stretch marks, the skin looks healthier and stretch marks are less visible.depending on the age and severity of the stretch marks which would be assessed at the consultation you would typically need 3-5 treatments at 6-8 weekly intervals. Please call Michelle at perfect skin for more information and to book a consultation, 3 txs are £500 and 5 txs are £700
Q and A
Q I have unsightly red veins on my nose and cheeks I have just come back from holiday and they look worse. Being a man I don’t have the luxury of wearing make up to conceal them, what can I do to get rid of them?
A telangiectasia is the medical term for small red veins which are commonly referred to as red veins, dilated capillaries or broken veins.. They arise from arteriolar capillaries which are over dilated and sit in the upper layers of the dermis. They are mainly seen on the nose, cheeks and. chin. They respond extremely well to short wave diathermy treatments, I normally advise clients two sessions is enough at a 6 weekly interval they are aggravated by factors such as over exposure to sun, wind and extremes of hot and cold, injury to the are, squeezing blackheads on the nose, wearing glasses, injury to the nose. Certain medications like steroids and anti histamines and topical retinoids can all cause veins and lastly hereditary factor am veins do tend to run in families. Smoking and alcohol will also cause veins to appear.