Fighting stretch marks

April 2017



Stretch marks, are associated with weight loss, weight gain and pregnancy. They are difficult to treat and to make disappear. However, there are preventive actions and appropriate solutions.

What is a stretch mark?

  • The skin is subjected to such an extension that it exceeds its elastic limits. It "splits" and the deep collagen fibers break: this is called a stretchmark.
  • Stretchmarks are associated with:
    • A high rate of cortisol in blood (often related with a Cushing syndrome or a cortisone treatment)
    • Pregnancy
    • Adolescence
    • Fast weight gain or loss.

Appearance and localisation

  • Depressions of the skin in the form of lines or stripes.
  • More often purplish at the beginning of their appearance, then rosy and then pearly white.
  • Primarily on the hips, buttocks, breasts, thighs.

Prevention

  • Firstly, avoid risk factors:
    • Fast weight gain or loss
    • Using cortisone creams without medical prescription
    • During pregnancy:
      • Massage frequently, which stimulates the production of collagen fibers
      • Control your diet.

Treatment

At home

  • Use anti-stretchmark creams:
    • Containing active substances: vitamin A, E, silicone;
    • Stimulating the production of elastic fibers of the skin;
    • With an anti-inflammatory action;
    • With an emollient and hydrating capacity;
    • To be applied twice a day as a massage;
  • Please note that all stretchmarks cannot disappear completely.

For professionals

  • Microdermabrasion:
    • Projection of aluminum crystal on stretchmarks under local anaesthesia in order to abrade the zone.
  • Laser treatment.
  • Abdominal plastic surgeon.
  • Reduction of the skin (arm, legs).

Related

Latest update on October 12, 2010 at 05:46 AM by Janey39.
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