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Stretch Mark Treatments in Stonington CT and RI  

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Stretch marks, or striae, can be varied in their appearance (red, white, or silvery; narrow or wide; isolated or grouped) and in different locations on the body.

The Science: What Causes Stretch Marks

It is unclear why some people are more prone to developing stretch marks, though we know they are associated with rapid growth or weight gain, hormonal imbalances, particular medical conditions, bodybuilding, and certain medications (internal or topical corticosteroids....). From a biology perspective, it seems as though the collagen triple helix-shaped molecule becomes altered and distorted in a manner that present as a stretch mark. Photo:

The Solution: Laser (and Other) Treatments for Stretch Mark Reduction

There are several treatment options, used alone or in combination, which can successfully reduce the appearance of stretch marks-though never completely eliminate them.

Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion induces new collagen to grow, and thus can reduce the look of stretch marks. Usually a series of sessions is most effective. Medical microdermabrasion smooths the texture of skin as well as tones and firms.

Laser Genesis:This non-ablative laser showcases the 1064 nm wavelength, which penetrates to the dermal layer of the skin--where collagen fibers are located. In this way, the laser energy induces new collagen to grow at this level-thus improving the appearance of stretch marks. The Laser Genesis also targets vascular lesions-thus reducing the red appearance of a stretch mark.

RevLite Laser Peel is another type of non-ablative laser resurfacing-used to stimulate collagen growth in the dermal tissue layers. This laser is usually chosen if the striae are more white or silvery. A series of treatments, most commonly rotating among the laser for strech mark removalRevLite Laser Peel , medical microdermabrasion , and a fractionated CO2 laser  provides the best results.

Fractional Lasers: Fractional lasers apply hundreds of microscopic dots to the skin, which are really tiny very controlled vertical channels. As the skin heals over the next few days, new collagen fills in the microscopic vertical channel--thus helping to normalize the texture and appearance of the stretch marks. A series of no downtime fractional laser treatments using either a Matrix CO2 laser or a Pixel RF (radio frequency) laser, alternating with some of the other treatment options described above, provides the best outcome.

Medical Microneedling: A device using a specific array of tiny needles is moved along the skin, creating tiny channels, similar to a fractional laser. But the newer microneedling devices can create many more channels in a control setting, adjusting depth of needle injury. As with a fractional laser device, the new collagen stimulated during the healing process makes the stretch marks less apparent.

Physician-Strength Skin Care: Topical retinol creams have placebo-controlled data from many published reports that they can reduce the appearance of stretch marks--probably by growing thin layers of new collagen over the distorted striae collagen. Doctor strength Retin-A creams are the preferred option. These creams need to be used for several months to see results, and started gradually to prevent skin irritation. Generally, a combination of these types of treatment gives the bests results.

Schedule a consultation with Daniella Duke, MD by calling 860-245-0000. She will personally evaluate your skin issues and describe the treatments that would be most helpful for you.

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