Women in particular often find they develop stretch marks, especially if they go through pregnancy. Alex Alperovich, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and his team at Pure Aesthetics Medica in Jackson, Tennessee, help many patients who have stretch marks reduce the appearance of these unsightly lines using the Accent Prime™ aesthetic platform. To find out how Dr. Alperovich and his colleagues can help you reduce your stretch marks, call the clinic today or book an appointment online.

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Stretch Marks Q & A

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a type of scarring that look like wavy lines, which appear when your body grows or expands too quickly for your skin to keep up. Possible reasons for developing stretch marks include:

  • Childhood growth spurts
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Bodybuilding
  • Implant surgery
  • An excess of steroids in your body
  • Insufficient collagen
  • Marfan syndrome, a genetic condition that affects the skin

You’re more likely to develop stretch marks if they affect other members of your family too. Women are more at risk of developing stretch marks than men, particularly when they’re pregnant. The growing fetus causes your skin to stretch a great deal, and to compound the problem, hormone levels during pregnancy can weaken skin fibers, resulting in stretch marks.

Stretch marks develop anywhere that the skin is subject to overstretching, but the most common places are:

  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Breasts
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Abdomen

Stretch marks aren’t a cause for concern as they’re not harmful, but they may well make you feel self-conscious.

Will stretch marks go away over time?

Once you’ve developed stretch marks, they’re permanent, but they may become less obvious over time. When your stretch marks first develop, they may look red or purplish and clearly stand out clearly, but with time, they fade and change to a silvery white shade.

What treatments are available for stretch marks?

If your stretch marks are bothering you, your practitioner can reduce their appearance using cutting-edge radiofrequency technology. The Accent Prime aesthetics platform uses radiofrequency waves to carefully remove the top layer of skin where you have stretch marks.

This painless process and the action of heat on the tissues stimulates your body into producing new collagen fibers and boosts healing, so when new skin grows, it’s less visibly scarred and has better tone and texture.

Stretch marks are a common phenomenon and aren’t a problem in themselves, but if you’re embarrassed or feel self-conscious because of your stretch marks, you can take action to minimize their effect on your life. Call Pure Aesthetics Medica today, or book using the online tool.