Have you noticed what appears to be tiny scars on various parts of your body and wondered how they got there? These small, off-color scars might be stretch marks.
Stretch marks, while not painful or problematic, can be embarrassing, especially if they are located on a part of the body that is highly visible. Dr. Vivian Bucay and her staff can help you find a treatment option that will dramatically reduce stretch marks.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks, or as they are called in the medical profession striae, occur when a layer of the skin has been torn. Tearing of the skin occurs when it has been rapidly stretched out. Rapid stretching occurs during pregnancy, rapid weight gain, or rapid weight loss.
What Parts of the Body Experience Stretch Marks?
Almost any part of the body that is covered in skin can experience stretch marks. However, there are certain areas that are more susceptible to stretch marks than others. Stretch marks commonly occur on the belly or waist, buttocks, lower back and sides, hips, thighs, and breasts.
Will Stretch Marks Disappear Over Time?
Over time, some stretch marks may fade so much that they are almost invisible to the naked eye. Unfortunately, this can take anywhere from six months to a year to occur. In that time, you are left with the very visible scars left behind by stretch marks.
What Treatment Options are Available for Stretch Marks?
If you are looking to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, you will have several options for treatment. Treatment options for stretch marks include topical creams and laser therapy.
Topical creams that contain vitamin E or hydroeprolisilane-C have may reduce the appearance of stretch marks. These topical creams must be used on a daily basis and it may be several months before the stretch marks start to fade.
Patients that wish to see quicker results may benefit from laser therapy. Laser treatment is relatively pain-free and can reduce the appearance of stretch marks in two to three office visits. ResurFX laser resurfacing can be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, along with a number of other skin imperfections.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Vivian Bucay can sit down with you and discuss treatment options that may help you reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Contact our La Casita location at (210) 692-3000 or our Sonterra location at (210) 370-9995.