What Causes Stretch Marks and How You Can Get Rid of Them?

You don’t have to get pregnant to develop stretch marks. They can appear in men and women for a variety of reasons, and they can take on a variety of appearances: some stretch marks are purple, while others are bright pink.

Whether you already have stretch marks or you want to focus on preventing them, it makes sense to learn about their causes and ways you can get rid of them. Dr. James Needell at Gastonia Wellness & Long Term Care has the answers you’re looking for.

Physical changes create stretch marks

Stretch marks usually appear when your skin experiences stress and loses its elasticity. At our Gastonia, North Carolina practice, we treat stretch marks that men and women have developed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Gaining or losing weight quickly
  • Going through pregnancy
  • Growing quickly, such as during puberty

Your risk of getting stretch marks goes up as you age because your skin becomes less elastic. You also have a higher chance of getting stretch marks if you:

  • Are a woman
  • Have pale skin
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Drink alcohol
  • Spend a lot of time in the sun
  • Use corticosteroid medications to treat allergies

A pregnancy that involves a large baby or multiple births also increases your chances of getting stretch marks.

Some stretch marks fade on their own

Some stretch marks disappear or fade without any medical assistance. If a growth spurt during your teenage years caused stretch marks, your youthful skin probably recovered on its own.

As you get older, it becomes less likely that stretch marks will fade or disappear. If you have dark skin, though, they may fade to the point that you don’t notice them anymore, and a small amount of discoloration doesn’t bother most people.

Many of our patients have lived with stretch marks for years, so they know that the scars won’t disappear overnight. Luckily, Dr. Needell has experience with several procedures and products that can reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Medical aesthetic treatments for stretch marks

TempSure Envi has become a popular option among our patients because it works quickly and offers astounding results without causing any pain or discomfort. TempSure Envi uses radio waves to stimulate collagen and elastin production in your skin.

Dr. Needell promotes the TempSure Envi system because it works with your body’s natural processes to reduce stretch marks. Instead of going under the knife, you can rely on radio waves to increase the amount of collagen and elastin in your skin. Your skin already makes these proteins; the radio waves simply increase the amount that your body creates.

You may need several treatments for TempSure Envi to give you the results that you want. As your skin becomes more elastic with each session, you will start to see your stretch marks fade.

Is TempSure Envi right for you?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Needell evaluates your stretch marks, discusses your medical history and aesthetic concerns, and gives you more information on how the treatment will work for you. Each patient is unique, so we work to develop a treatment strategy that addresses your specific needs and goals.

To learn more about eliminating your stretch marks with the efficient and pain-free TempSure Envi system, call Gastonia Wellness & Long Term Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Needell today.

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