Stretch Mark Treatment

Pregnancy, puberty, and weight fluctuations are normal parts of life, but they can leave behind unwanted changes in the skin. If you struggle with stretch marks and want to feel fully confident and free in your skin again, you can make it happen with the many stretch mark treatment options available at our Greater Houston, TX, dermatology locations.

From topical products to laser treatments, you have no shortage of options for fading stretch marks and rediscovering skin you cannot wait to show off.

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are striae (lesions) that are usually long and narrow, resembling stripes or lines on the skin. They usually appear red or purple in tint and fade over time into white or silvery lines. They can also have a different texture than the surrounding skin.

What causes stretch marks?

Anyone can develop stretch marks at any age. They result from a constant “tearing” or stretching in the skin layers during certain changes in the body. Pregnancy, significant weight gain, and substantial muscle growth are the most common causes of stretch marks. However, they can also occur during puberty or as a side effect of some illnesses, including diabetes and Cushing’s disease.

What are the best treatments for stretch marks?

Treating stretch marks as early as possible is key as the skin is more prepared to respond during the early stages of change. Your dermatologist will recommend the best approach for you, from topical products to laser treatments.

Topical Products

Retinol products and collagen-stimulating gels work to minimize stretch marks over time. Your dermatologist will recommend the best over-the-counter products and prescription-strength treatments for you.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion exfoliates away the outer layers of your skin, removing some of the cells affected by stretch marks. This treatment involves little to no downtime but typically requires several sessions.

Chemical Peels

These blends of chemical exfoliants peel away the top layers of the skin to reveal the fresh and healthy skin underneath. Downtime for chemical peels varies depending on the depth and aggression of each peel.

SkinPen® Microneedling

This treatment creates tiny punctures in the skin, spurring on your body’s natural healing response and boosting collagen production for a smoother skin surface. Microneedling typically involves a couple of days of skin healing.

V-Beam Perfecta®

The V-Beam Perfectapulsed dye laser breaks up pigmentation in the skin to minimize red or purple pigmentation. Most people need 2 to 4 sessions. This treatment is comfortable to undergo and requires little to no downtime.

Fraxel®

Fraxel laser skin resurfacing stimulates new collagen production to create a more even surface and address pigmentation. Expect a few days of downtime as your skin heals from this effective treatment.

Before & After

stretchmark treatment before and after

If you would like to learn more about your Greater Houston stretch mark treatment options, please request a consultation online or call one of our experienced specialists at a location near you.

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