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“Stretch marks” is the term for indented streaks on the skin that usually show up on the breasts, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, and hips. They are more prevalent among pregnant women, especially during the third trimester. Stretch marks aren’t painful or harmful, but for some, they can be a cosmetic concern. Stretch marks vary in color, size and shape, and may appear as:

  • Indented streaks or lines in your skin
  • Bright streaks
  • Purple, pink, black, blue, or red streaks
  • Streaks covering larger areas of the body

Stretch marks can fade and become less noticeable over time—but sometimes they can be persistent. If you’re concerned about stretch marks, come to Blue Ridge Skin & Vein Care. Board Certified family medicine physician and certified laser specialist Kurt Hubach, MD, can help improve your skin’s appearance with the Cynosure Icon® laser system, along with other treatment methods.  Call today to schedule a free, introductory consultation with Dr. Hubach.

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Stretch Marks Q&A

Stretch marks are usually caused by a stretching of the skin. Stretch marks can be exacerbated by several factors, including your genetic tendency, the degree of stress on your skin, and your cortisone level.  Cortisone is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands. The hormone can weaken the elastic fibers in your skin, and it might be involved in the development of stretch marks. You’re more likely to develop stretch marks if you:

  • are female
  • are pregnant
  • have been rapidly losing or gaining weight
  • are using corticosteroid medication
  • have had breast enlargement surgery
  • have a personal or family history of stretch marks
  • are overweight
  • have certain genetic disorders like Cushing’s syndrome.

Eating a healthy diet, controlling your stress, and exercising are just some of the ways you can try to prevent stretch marks.

Dr. Hubach works with you to decide the best treatment for your stretch marks and provides effective treatments for stretch mark reduction. Dr. Hubach might suggest certain healthy lifestyle changes along with innovative laser technology. Laser therapies, such as the Icon laser system, help to prompt the growth of elastin and collagen remodeling your skin.
Laser therapy treats stretch marks by using a focused beam of light to remove the outer layer of skin and prompt the production of new skin cells to cover the damaged area.  Laser therapy also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin that improve the texture and elasticity of your skin. Additionally, laser therapy improves circulation and helps to give you smoother and softer skin. The laser energy effectively stimulates your skin’s healing response and the growth of new healthy skin cells.
Individuals will vary, but most patients need 4 to 8 treatment sessions to achieve the desired results. Dr. Hubach will be able to give you a more specific expectation after your initial evaluation.
The treatment can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
You may experience a temporary redness and swelling of the stretch marks which could last a few days. Dr. Hubach will inform you of any other possible side-effects and the necessary post-treatment care. If you’re interested in learning more about treating stretch marks, contact us at Blue Ridge Skin & Vein Care.

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