Stretch Marks

Most likely you have some stretch marks on your body. Whether it be on your abdomen, thighs, or arms, these occur over the course of our lives. Stretch marks are a natural response to rapid growth. Many people feel self-conscious or embarrassed about their stretch marks. They picture having smooth, blemish-free skin. While there are many products on the market that advertise their ability to combat stretch marks, they usually don’t work. Fortunately, Dr. Krathen offers treatments for stretch marks at Essential Dermatology that are proven effective.

What Causes Stretch Marks?

In a nutshell, stretch marks appear when the skin starts to rapidly stretch in order to accommodate growth. Most people get stretch marks for various reasons like pregnancy, rapid weight loss or gain, weight training, or even from growth spurts during puberty. When the skin stretches rapidly it causes tears in the deep matrix of elastin and collagen under the skin. This results in scars. Sometimes stretch marks can have texture and feel raised or depressed.

Characteristics of Stretch Marks

  • Change in pigment and appearance over time
  • Raised or Depressed texture
  • Narrow bands are red, purple, or pigmented.
  • Typically appear on the stomach, upper thighs, and arms.

Treatments for Stretch Marks

Different laser treatments that Dr. Krathen offers to reduce stretch marks are:

Schedule a Consultation

To get the smooth skin back that you’ve been missing, contact Dr. Krathen at Essential Dermatology to get a treatment plan started. He will create a plan specifically tailored to your skin type, goals, and concerns. To make a consultation, call Essential Dermatology or fill out an online form.