Suddenly putting on weight, stretching of the belly during pregnancy, growth spurt throughout puberty, high levels of cortisone (a hormone produced by adrenal gland), or even having a specific genetic disposition—all of these are common factors which can lead to stretch marks. These marks appear because skin on certain parts of the body is pulled to such an extent that the middle layer is torn and layers underneath become visible. In many cases, purple or bluish colored capillaries below the surface of the skin may also accompany stretch marks. Generally, these stretch marks appear on the thighs, stomach, arms, calves, and back among other places.
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Exercising and Diet
As stated above, one of the most common causes of stretch marks is weight gain. Thus, exercising is important in order to keep a stable weight and prevent those extra pounds which can unnecessarily stretch the skin. Similarly, eating healthy and avoiding junk food along with sugary items will also help. Moreover, for those who already have stretch marks, eating foods that are rich in Vitamin C and zinc can increase collagen which is a key component in preserving the skin’s elasticity. Oranges, berries, tomatoes, peppers as well as nuts, beans, lean meat, and seafood are all great sources of Vitamin C and zinc.
With regards to undergoing surgery to remove stretch marks, Dr. Miguel Delgado offers various procedures at his state-of-the-art facility in Novato, Marin County. These procedures can tighten skin and remove excess skin and fat. Following are some examples of these surgeries:
- Tummy tuck: This procedure can be used to sculpt the abdomens and is a great option for people who have lost significant weight recently and for women who have stretched skin after giving birth.
- Liposuction: A popular method for removing fat from deep within the body, liposuction uses a device to draw out fat deposits in regions such as the thighs, arms, and hips.
- Breast lift or breast reduction: Breast-related surgeries are very popular among women and can surgically remove stretch marks by eliminating fat and saggy skin as well as through tightening the muscles around the breasts.
The Palomar Icon Fractional Laser
The Palomar Icon Fractional Laser is a new addition to the laser treatment family. It’s a non-invasive and FDA-approved device that can eliminate a host of skin conditions such as wrinkles, scars, varicose veins, and stretch marks. The Palomar Icon Fractional Laser is available with both non-ablative (1540) and ablative (2940) heads.
It works by using a broad spectrum of light which target specific regions of the skin and induce the skin to start its natural healing process. As a result, the body will produce new layers of skin and eliminate stretch marks. For effectively removing stretch marks, patients should consider having multiple treatments to gain maximum benefit from this new technology. Dr. Delgado is an expert user of the Palomar Icon laser and recommends it for treating skin conditions because there is almost no recovery period and it is safer than other lasers.