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Stretch marks can occur along with a pregnancy, or they may appear as you begin to gain or lose weight. They're unsightly and can often take many years to fade. The staff of Lone Tree OB/GYN & Midwives have resources at their disposal that can dramatically diminish the visual appearance of stretch marks on different areas of the body. If you are interested in learning more and live in the greater Lone Tree and Castle Rock, Colorado, feel free to schedule a consultation as soon as you're ready.
Stretch marks are caused when the skin is stretched or expanded farther than its elasticity will allow. The fibers within the skin pull apart, creating gaps that are often a different color or texture than the skin around them. As the skin begins to shrink back together, many of the stretch marks will disappear, leaving only fine lines in their place.
Common causes of stretch marks include pregnancy, adolescent growth spurts, and a dramatic increase in weight. As an adolescent grows, their skin will eventually catch up with the rest of their body, and once a pregnancy is over, the skin will return to its normal state.
Gaining an excessive amount of weight, however, can create stress on the skin that causes the stretch marks to be more profound, even after the weight is eventually lost.
The integrity of your skin determines whether or not you get stretch marks. While they can't be prevented, you can take several steps to improve the health and strength of your skin. Including foods that are rich in Vitamin C and E are essential. It's also important to include foods that contain both silica and zinc.
These nutrients provide the body with what it needs to produce collagen and elastin fibers that help the skin maintain its elasticity. When an abundance of collagen is present in the tissues, they are less likely to separate if the skin is stretched or pulled.
The Icon laser is an effective way to reduce the visual signs of stretch marks. By targeting the laser along the stretch mark, it penetrates deeply into the tissues, stimulating the body to manufacture more of the fibers that are needed to maintain its elasticity. These fibers, known as elastin and collagen, are the basic building blocks that hold the skin together.
By creating new fibers, the gaps created by the weakening of the tissues are repaired, drawing the skin back and knitting the tissues back together. This can reduce both the color and the depth of the stretch marks, diminishing their appearance.