Stretch Marks Reduction

Stretch Marks Treatment in Hyderabad

Are stretch marks troubling you? Visit now at Neya Dermatology & Aesthetics Clinic to get effective stretch marks treatment in Hyderabad, Jubilee Hills provided by the best dermatologist, Dr. Ravali Yalamanchili.

Stretch marks, also referred to as striae distensae, are the streaks on the skin formed in the body sites subject to continuous skin stretching. They have different textures and colors as compared to the surrounding rest of the skin. Typically, newly formed stretch marks appear pink, red, or purple colored, which fades over time. As they become mature or old, they appear whitish-grey.

Most commonly, stretch marks appear on the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, chest, or arms. They are not serious or painful medical concerns but rather aesthetic skin problems that most people are frustrated or embarrassed to live with and wish to get removed. Women have higher chances of having stretch marks than men.

What causes stretch marks?

Causes  of Stretch Marks: Pregnancy- hormonal and weight related, Puberty-growth spurt and hormones, Certain topical steroids or tablets

  • Pregnancy- hormonal and weight related
  • Puberty- growth spurt and hormones
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Genetics- present in another family members like parents or grandparents
  • Certain topical steroids or tablets

Stretch marks are formed when the skin is stretched beyond its elasticity over a short period, after which it cannot return to its original state. The rapid skin stretching leads to:

  • Tearing in the skin dermis (the skin layer underneath the outer skin layer-epidermis), causing dermal scarring
  • Swelling and inflammation in the skin resulting in pink, purple, or red streaks
  • Thinning of the overlying skin allows easy visualization of underlying dermal skin scars
  • A gradual breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers supports networks that provide the skin with strength and elasticity and worsen the appearance of stretch marks.

Stretch marks are often seen in women post-pregnancy; in bodybuilders, sportspeople, or gym trainers who have been doing muscle workouts; in those who have been experiencing rapid weight gain or loss, or in adolescent males or females hit by growth spurts.

The definite cause of stretch marks is still under research. However, it is thought to be a result of genetic predisposition, increased cortisol levels, and mechanical shear effects from rapid weight gain or loss. In certain cases, people might get stretch marks because of high levels of steroid hormones resulting from the treatment with steroid medications or illnesses like Cushing’s Disease.

According to Dr. Ravali Yalamanchili, if one is looking for an effective treatment, one must consult a dermatologist who can help by providing them with effective treatments that can reduce all types of old and new stretch marks. One can receive the best stretch marks treatment in Hyderabad at Neya Dermatology & Aesthetics Clinic. 

What are the types of stretch marks that affect people? 

Types of stretch marks

All stretch marks are not alike. They are of various kinds depending on how long they are present on one’s body, what causes them, where they are located, and the skin type one has. Based on their appearance and formation, they are of mainly two kinds:

Types of Stretch Marks: Striae Rubrae, Striae Albae, Striae Caerulea, Striae Gravidarum, Striae Nigrae, Striae Atrophicans

  • Striae rubrae- Pink/red/purple indented streaks in the skin that are more recently formed. These are classified as the acute stage of stretch marks showing the earliest physical sign of overstretched skin. 
  • Striae albae- White/grey stretch marks that have gradually progressed, in several months or years, from striae rubrae, which means they are old and mature. These represent the chronic stage of the formation of stretch marks. 

Other kinds of stretch marks include:

  • Striae caerulea- Dark blue/ purplish stretch marks, also seen in dark-complexioned people
  • Striae gravidarum- Stretch marks caused after pregnancy 
  • Striae nigrae- Dark black or grey stretch marks, usually noticed in dark-skinned individuals
  • Striae atrophicans- Thin skin associated with stretch marks- this may be seen in those having Cushing’s syndrome, those who have undergone surgery, or those who have been using corticosteroids for the long term.

Best Ways To Reduce Stretch Marks with Advanced Dermatological Procedures

Stretch marks need not trouble one forever. Over time, they often go less noticed with or without treatment. There is no such way to make the stretch marks completely disappear. However, with a personalized multi-modal approach, one can see significant improvements in the appearance of stretch marks, allowing one to be more confident and less self-conscious during their intimate moments, when in swimwear or bikini, and in general everyday life. 

Here are the top treatment modalities to reduce the appearance of stretch marks:

Stretch Marks Treatment in Hyderabad - Treatments options available: Laser Treatment, Micro Needling, HIFU, Radiofrequency

Laser treatment: Lasers are the most effective remedy to reduce the appearance of immature/newly formed stretch marks. Fractional lasers that direct a laser beam into the skin can help lessen the depth of stretch marks to some extent. These can be of two kinds: Ablative lasers and Non-ablative lasers. Ablative lasers help resurface the skin by removing the top skin layers or vaporizing the scarred tissues to reveal the underlying clear, smooth, healthy, youthful skin. Non-ablative lasers damage or disrupt the deeper skin layers without harming the superficial skin and further intensively stimulate the increased production of collagen and elastin fibers in the dermal skin layers, where stretch marks are formed, resulting in an improvement in their appearance. The procedure is quick and comfortable, with minimal side effects and without downtime. Typically, 4-6 laser sessions are required after every 4-6 weeks to restore the skin’s firmness, smoothness, and consistency and achieve optimal results. 
Consult the skin experts at Neya Dermatology & Aesthetics Clinic now to know more about laser stretch marks treatment in Hyderabad and its cost.

  • HIFU: High Intensive Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is one of the best stretch marks reduction approaches. The procedure involves delivering non-invasive ultrasound energy into the targeted sites, specifically into the deep-seated skin structural tissues and muscle layers where fibroblasts containing collagen and elastin fibers lie. This ultrasound energy generates low levels of heat into the skin of the treatment site, stimulating the body to create new collagen and allowing tissue rejuvenation, thereby reducing stretch marks.
  • Growth Factor Therapy: Growth Factor therapy uses concentrated blood that is processed and extracted from the autologous blood sample after centrifugation. It contains natural growth factors and essential proteins which hold the regenerative property. In this treatment, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient’s arm, centrifuged further to separate the growth factors, and finally re-injected into the affected sites of the body. After the administration of growth factor solution into the stretch marks, skin regeneration, tissue repair, and collagen remodeling take place, which helps fade away the stretch marks.
  • Radiofrequency: Strong radiofrequency energy, when released into the skin to the level of dermal scarring of stretch marks, can help thermally destroy the scars and promote new, healthier skin, hence fading out the stretch marks. Usually, this is a one-off treatment, but the treatment course varies from one person to another, having stretch marks. The clients can expect to see a result with just one treatment in two weeks as their body builds new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Within 3-6 months, the full desired results are visible.

  • Micro Needling:Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves the use of a special device like DermaPen having ultra-fine needles that help create micro holes in the skin. This causes safe and low-level physical trauma to the skin, encouraging the body’s natural healing response to boost new collagen and elastin production. As a result, new tissue growth takes place across the skin affected by stretch marks, making them less visible. During this process, the skin remains unharmed and intact. The results tend to appear during the first month after the treatment. Generally, it may take anywhere between 3-12 months. Nowadays, microneedling combined with radiofrequency energy is preferred as the thermal energy can be delivered to deeper skin layers through micro-channels created by the microneedling technique to cause outstanding collagen stimulation and skin tightening.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is affected by stretch marks?

Anyone can acquire stretch marks, although they are most prevalent in women, particularly pregnant ones. In addition to physically stretching a woman's skin to make room for the baby, pregnancy hormones may also decrease elastin fibers.

Another usual time stretch marks appear is during puberty in the preteens. Stretch marks are an absolutely typical consequence of strong development spurts.

Other contributing factors to stretch marks include:

  • Rapid weight reduction or growth
  • Obesity
  • Strength training or bodybuilding with muscle growth
  • Long-term usage of oral or topical corticosteroids has adverse effects.
  • Conditions such as Cushing disease and Marfan syndrome
  • Bre-ast augmentation surgery
  • Family ancestry.
How many treatments do I require?

The majority of patients require three to five therapy sessions for optimal outcomes.

How quickly will healing occur?

Typically, people resume their normal activities quickly following therapy.

To get clear, smooth, toned skin, book a visit now at Neya Dermatology & Aesthetics Clinic, the best skin clinic in Hyderabad to avail the benefits of the best stretch marks treatment.

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