Monday, October 15, 2018

How To Remove Stretch Marks

How To Remove Stretch Marks.

About 80% of women out there have stretch marks, according to the research conducted at University of Michigan Health System. But while they are very common  and there is  absolutely nothing wrong with having  stretch marks, many women can still feel self-conscious about these little lines.
According to  Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr Arash Akhavan stated that the most typical areas for stretch marks to occur are the abdomen. (from weight gain or pregnancy), shoulders, breast and hips. Also the buttock and thigh areas of the body. That is to say, if you are looking for ways to  minimize your appearance, listen very well. "If you actually want to have some sort of lasting benefit in the look of your stretch marks, you need to develop collagen, according to Dr. Akhavan.
Here is how to remove stretch marks.
     Before I commence, I want you to understand stretch marks.



To understand stretch marks I want you to know that,  the topmost layer of the skin, is called the epidermis while the second layer below  is the dermis, which contains bundles of collagen. Some people have genetically thick skin with a lot of elasticity, while others have less, which makes them more prone to develop stretch marks in some areas of the body.
According to Dr. Arash Akhavan, stretch marks are caused when there is a period of rapid growth in the body system" that suddenly stretches the skin, and in turn, pulls on your collagen bundles in the dermis. During this time, those bundles tear away from each other, and then when the skin returns to its normal state (e.g. it stops growing), “that most superficial layer "the epidermis"can appear wrinkly and stretched because it is not supported by the same collagen structure underneath,” Dr. Arash Akhavan explains.

           Causes Of Stretch Marks




What causes this "rapid grow?
Here I will explain to you what causes this "RAPID GROWTH" that makes stretch marks to occur.
That triggers stretch marks? Dr. Akhavan says that growth spurts from puberty, pregnancy, rapid weight gain, or increased muscle mass from working out can all be the culprit. Any growth that suddenly stretches the skin will stretch your collagen bundles, he says, which then leads to stretch marks if your skin genetically has less elastin.
It is literally impossible to 100 percent get rid of them," Dr. Akhavan notes, but there are things that you can definitely do to improve them, reducing their appearance, which revolves around building collagen.


    Understand How To Minimize Your Appearance




According to Dr. Arash Akhavan, there is no approved prescription creams for stretch marks.However, he suggested using creams that contain retinoids over others at-home topicals. Some (at-home topical creams) can make your skin inflamed" he says, so while you are using the formula your stretch marks will not be as visible, but the cream is not actually changing your skin in any way.

In his experience as a dermatologist, Dr. Akhavan says that retinoids are a go-to ingredient that have shown improvement. I have never seen any other creams marketed toward stretch marks that works, just ones that contain retinoids. He noted
Paula's Choice Resist Retinol Skin Smoothing Body Treatment, as the best cream you can use to minimize stretch marks.

         Understanding More On Retinol 
                           Cream
Dr. Arash Akhavan highly recommends using retinol creams, because they contains vitamin A-derived product commonly prescribed for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. The way they work for wrinkles is by building collagen, making collagen bundles thicker and healthier, he says So, using the same retinol creams for stretch marks also leads to some improvement in their appearance. Obviously prescription retinoids are a little stronger than over the counter, so you will see more effect there. 
Note:  You can not use retinol while pregnant, and these creams don't work preventatively [e.g they only work on stretch marks after appying them).
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic+ Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer.


            The Laser Treatments
There are FDA-cleared devices that actually have good studies that support them,Dr. Akhavan recommends using the ICON 1540 Fractional Laser as it is "the only FDA-cleared laser for the treatment of stretch marks. In studies, patients have shown between a 50 to 75% improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks, he stated.

          How  does fractional laser work?
You are first numbed, and then the laser delivers pulses of energy into your skin  without causing any harm to it. Tricking your cells into thinking they are injured, Dr. Akhavan explains more. This causes your body's natural healing process to kick in, triggering your cells to release all the chemicals they need to create new collagen in that area. This process eventually improves the appearance of your stretch marks. It is the ICON 1540 that actually has the FDA-clearance for treatment of stretch marks mostly, but other lasers that develop collagen would theoretically work as well,  Dr.Akhavan says. For more information about [Fractional laser]  contact your dermatologist.


          The Use Of Micro-Needling 



This is my first choice, and it is the safest option and would be tag as laser treatment for Stretch marks" according to Dr. Arash  Akhavan .This minimally invasive treatment which works on all skin tones because it does not cause hyperpigmentation, is done by a derm or aesthetician to create tiny punctures in the skin using micro-fine needles. [From 0.5 to 2 millimeters in diameter]. This act then triggers the body's wound healing process, similar to how laser works" Stimulating collagen and elastin production.

According to Dr. Arash Akhavan, the only drawbacks both laser treatments and micro-needling require multiple sessions and a lot of patience. It is going to take time to see the results, he says, so from any single micro-needling session or laser treatment, it is going to take about four months to see the collagen generation, Dr. Arash Akhavan  explain. These are all ways to remove stretch marks and treatments that requires doing  them regularly and you have to be patient with the results. And believe me within a space of one month your stretch marks will be removed.

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