Dr. Rohit Batra is an adult, pediatric and cosmetic dermatologist & dermatosurgeon based at New Delhi. He is also associated to the prestigious Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.
Stretch marks are a cosmetic skin concern wherein the skin becomes scarred due to rapid stretching or shrinking of the skin. The abrupt changes to the skin result in rupturing of collagen and elastin fibers (the skin supportive structures) found underneath the intact skin epidermis. Mostly it occurs on the back, shoulders, buttocks or thighs, stomach, arms, breasts, torso, and hips. Dr. Rohit Batra, skin specialist in India provides the best cosmetic treatments to manage stretch marks and achieve a smooth skin texture.
Stretch mark varies depending on when they form, the location, the cause, the type, and color of the skin. It often appears as long, thin, parallel, rippled streaks on the skin. The color of newly developed scars is usually bright dark but it may fade to a lighter shade over time and appear white. Moreover, the skin texture of stretch marks is different as compared to the normal skin. It may look wrinkled.
People having stretch marks on visible body areas may feel awkward about their appearance and would want to get rid of them. The key to prevent stretch marks is to keep the skin well-hydrated for tissue repair, vitality, and to maintain soft and supple skin. For pregnant women, stretch marks can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy. The aim is to have a slow and gradual gain of weight.
How are stretch marks caused? Stretch marks can occur due to the following reasons: • Rapid loss of weight • Rapid excessive gain of weight • Pregnancy • Puberty • Hormonal treatment • Certain diseases such as Marfansy ndrome (a syndrome that weakens the skin fibers and causes unusual growth), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (a disorder with very stretchy skin that bruises easily), and Cushing syndrome (a disorder due to a high level of the hormone cortisol).
What are the different treatment options for stretch marks? Following treatments are provided by Best dermatologist in Delhi, Dr. Rohit Batra.
Early-stage stretch marks may diminish with the aid of certain over-the-counter or prescribed products. These include hyaluronic acid-based moisturizers and the use of topical retin-oids which must be applied every night for 24 weeks. Treti-noin helps increase cell turnover, stimulate new collagen production, and rejuvenate the skin.
Another approach is collagen induction therapy which is provided at DermaWorld Skin and Hair Clinics. Collagen is a structural fiber of the skin that keeps the skin firm, tightened, and smooth. Stretch marks appear when the skin tries to heal the abrupt skin changes or damage to the skin collagen. To induce more collagen production, some other advanced therapies are provided at DermaWorld Skin and Hair Clinics, skin clinic in India which gives the best results in the treatment of stretch marks. These include:
1. Excimer laser therapy: In this treatment, a safe, UVB light is targeted to the stretch marks (especially the old, white indented striae). The excimer laser produces short pulses of UV which encourages more melanin (skin-colored pigment) production. This results in re-pigmentation or darkening of stretch marks to a matching surrounding normal skin color, so that it becomes less noticeable. Moreover, the textured stretch marks are also get improved by collagen remodeling of the skin. To know more about laser treatment for stretch marks removal cost in Delhi, consult the skin experts at DermaWorld Skin and Hair Clinics.
2. Fractional CO2 laser therapy: It is a gold standard treatment for resurfacing of scarred tissues. The laser light of a specific wavelength penetrates deep into the skin dermis to stimulate new collagen synthesis. This therapy helps smooth out old and white stretch marks.
3. Pulsed dye laser therapy: It is a blast of light that is virtually pain-free for the skin. This treatment is used to dilate the blood vessels underneath the skin that cause red stretch marks.
4. Microdermabrasion: It involves the firing of pure salt crystals at the superficial skin combined with a positive air pressure to rub off the upper layer of the dead skin. This helps to fade newly-formed stretch marks by rebuilding collagen and elastin.
5. Ultrasound treatment: In this treatment, sound waves are delivered deep into the skin which generates heat that helps tighten the skin by boosting new collagen production.
6. Radiofrequency: It is a safe, popular, non-surgical treatment of stretch marks that makes use of radio wave energy to generate heat and trigger the body to produce more collagen.
7. Chemical peels: These can slightly improve the appearance of stretch marks but may not permanently get rid of them. For instance, glycolic acid is a chemical solution that when applied to the affected skin can result in its burning and peeling off. It may also induce collagen remodeling.
8. Bio stimulatory fillers: They can help repair and restore the skin surface appearance by adding volume, firmness, and smoothness to the indented stretch marks. Examples include hyaluronic acid, collagen, Poly-L-lactic acid, and Polymethylmethacrylate.