Are Stretch Marks Permanent?

Oct 15, 2018 | Stretch Mark Removal

For many people, their stretch marks are unsightly and embarrassing. While stretch marks rarely disappear completely, there are various techniques and treatments for effectively diminishing their appearance.

What are stretch marks?

An abrupt stretching or shrinking of the skin will inevitably cause some of the collagen and the elastin in the skin to rupture stretch-marksand then heal, thus forming stretch marks. Many people mistakenly believe that stretch marks are entirely caused by rapid weight gain or entirely caused by pregnancy. There are actually several more factors that contribute to the development of either type of stretch mark. Hormonal changes and some medications can cause more noticeable stretch marks. Even a family history of stretch marks can mean that you are more likely to develop them, even without rapid weight change.

Are stretch marks permanent?

Although stretch marks can fade significantly over time, they may never actually go away completely. Just how long stretch marks last and how prominent they are will depend on your heredity or hormone levels. There are no home or prescription treatments that can completely prevent stretch marks from occurring, but preventative measures such as moisturizing your skin on a regular basis can help keep it supple and strong. Increasing your daily intake of Vitamin C and Vitamin E can also help strengthen your skin.

Treatments for stretch marks– 

Fortunately, there is a great selection of remedies that can at least decrease the prominence of stretch marks. While these products have various levels of effectiveness and work differently for everyone, most treatments are much more effective when adopted right away. Treatments are much less powerful when applied to very old stretch marks. Retin-A creams can effectively reduce stretch marks because the treatment induces new collagen production and fresh skin cells. There are also laser treatment options that treat stretch marks. Some of your best options are laser skin resurfacing or laser toning–Genesis.

To learn more about the best treatments for stretch marks or to schedule a consultation with one of our skin care experts at North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic, call (480) 513-2888, or book your appointment online.