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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
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