A stretch mark is a scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. Stretch marks aren’t painful or harmful in any way, but not everyone likes the way that they look on their skin. In this blog we explore why people get stretch marks, why they look different on different people, and how we here at Avana can help you to reduce the appearance of them.
Why do we get stretch marks?
The abrupt stretching of skin causes the collagen and elastin that support our skin to rupture, leaving a red, purple, pink, or reddish-brown mark on your skin. Collagen is a protein that makes your skin more elastic. If your skin doesn’t have enough, the marks may show up as it stretches. Their severity is affected by several factors, including your genetics and the degree of stress on the skin. Your level of the hormone cortisol also might play a role. Cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, weakens elastic fibres in the skin. They commonly appear during or after pregnancy, or after other sudden or rapid changes in your weight. For example, rapidly growing teenagers might notice some stretch marks.
Who can get stretch marks?
Anyone can develop stretch marks, but some factors increase your likelihood of getting them, including:
- Being female
- Having a personal or family history of stretch marks
- Being pregnant, especially if you’re young
- Rapid growth in adolescence
- Rapidly gaining or losing weight
- Using corticosteroids
- Having breast enlargement surgery
- Exercising and using anabolic steroids
- Having a genetic disorder such as Cushing’s syndrome or Marfan syndrome
These marks can appear just about anywhere, but they’re most common on the stomach, breasts, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. Stretch marks don’t look the same on everybody. The appearance of your stretch marks can depend on a combination of variables, like:
- Your natural skin tone
- Your skin’s health and elasticity
- The body part affected
Reduce the appearance of your stretch marks at Avana
At Avana, we offer a volumetric skin treatment that can help to fade stretch marks. ScarLet is a revolutionary technology that delivers fractional radiofrequency (RF) directly into the deeper layers of skin, resulting in formation of the body’s own collagen & elastin, which improves saggy skin, wrinkles, acne scars, large pores, and stretch marks. Minimal downtime, no pain, and great safety profile make this treatment very popular with all skin types. The results vary between individuals, but most clients report improvement in quality of skin, brightness, freshness, & fading of stretch marks. As it takes some time for your body to produce collagen, the effects and final results take around three months.
Ready to reduce your stretch marks?
At Avana, all treatments are undertaken by highly experienced and qualified consultants, using the smartest technologies and proven techniques. We’ve been successfully offering our treatments for over 10 years, which is demonstrable proof that our clients appreciate the quality of the service we offer and most importantly, the results we achieve. If you are ready to reduce your stretch marks using our volumetric skin treatment, book a free video consult with us today.