Dermatologist Stretch Marks

Celebrity Stretch Mark Removal

Travis Stork: Stretch marks, so very common Drew. Andrew Ordon: Such a common problem. You know, anywherefrom 70 to 90 percent of all women have stretch marks. And what are theyé Let me show youexactly. They're scars in the dermis and epidermis caused by a tearing or stretchingof the dermal components. What that does, you lose elastin, you lose collagen, and ittranslates to those scars that you actually see on the surface. Early on, they're red.Those can be treated with a different type

of laser. Today though, we're focusing onthose old stretch marks that have been there for months or years and in her case, afterpregnancy, the two areas where women see it the most, the tummy, the breast, sometimeson the hips as well. So she's going to get a treatment here with fractional erbium laserresurfacing treatment. Simon Ourian: Exactly. This is the first time that we canactually treat some of the silver and white stretch marks. Before this, every time I talkto s, they said impossible, this cannot be treated. We have had great results. We'vebeen able to treat these stretch marks with

only one or two sessions and up to four orfive sessions, we can completely get rid of them and in many cases, just making them looka lot better makes people feel better and more confident about their body. Travis Stork: So Carrie, you've never had this done before,righté Carrie: No. Simon Ourian:

So here you go, we're gonna go ahead anddo this area. Do you feel anythingé Carrie: No, not really, no. Travis Stork: How many treatments would this requireé Simon Ourian: It usually takes anywhere from two to fivesessions to get rid of all the stretch marks. Andrew Ordon:

Yeah, because you can't go too deep at anyone session, so you do your treatment Simon Ourian: Exactly. You do as much as you can. Brooke Burke Charvet: You're not feeling any pain at allé Carrie: No, no.I can feel some warmth, but it'spainless. Travis Stork:

And we actually have someone in our audience,Ana, who.she's another patient. I think, Ana, you completed a set of treatments forthisé Ana: Yeah, three treatments. Travis Stork: So I wanted to do a little before and afterpicture, if we could, of your stretch marks. Ana: Okay.

DermTV How to Treat Stretch Marks DermTV Epi 271

Hello, I'm Neal Schultz pause and welcome to DermTV. Today I'm going to talk about the treatmentof stretch marks. In another episode I discussed what they are and whatcauses them but today let's tackle the very difficult job of treatingthem. The most important thing I can tell you is that it's very importantwe be realistic and that we limit our expectations so we are not disappointedbecause under the best

circumstances, stretch mark treatment yieldsonly modest results, sure there is visible improvement but not a greatdeal of improvement and it's exceedingly unlikely that any treatment isgoing to completely eliminate your stretch marks. Let me just remind youwhat happens in a stretch mark. Both the epidermis and the dermis is thinned,they're both compressed so the stretch mark in cross sections sort ofsinks in and anything that restores volume to this area or restores volumeto the epidermis is of course going to help the appearance of stretchmarks. So let's start with

topical products because there are a lot ofproducts we use to help improve lines and wrinkles and the way they do thatis by restoring volume. The way they restore volume is either by increasingthe thickness of the epidermis or by stimulating the production of collagenor even the production of glycosaminoglycans which is the pink areain the middle of the dermis that has the hyaluronic acid and that forms thatsemiliquid matrix that the collagen and all the organs float in. so thetopical products that we use to do that are retinoids, other exfoliantslike glycolics and sometimes we

even use microdermabrasion and we also usepeptides. Now all of these work through the process of stimulating some collagenproduction, some glycosaminoglycan production, which againhas the hyaluronic which binds the water and fills it up and they also workby thickening the epidermis. But of course, results are going to be modestand side effects usually consist of occasional irritation as with anyexfoliants in which case you need to just back off a little bit. If topicalproducts like vitamin E and shea butter and cocoa butter are of any valuein treating stretch marks

it's only in their improving the appearanceof the surface, the very top of that thinned epidermis but it's not goingto do anything to increase volume. The next type of treatment concernsmechanical stimulation of the dermis, again to promote collagen and refillingof volume. So again things like dermarollers may actually help. Lastand perhaps most important is the laser treatment of stretch marks. Whenwe're talking about lasers here were talking only about nonablative lasers,those are the ones that don't break the surface of the skin but they transmitheat and energy into the

middle of the dermis to increase the volumeof collagen and to stimulate collagen production and glycosaminoglycanproduction. An example of a laser like this is the Fraxel laser. Most importantly,occasionally we combine all three types of modalities, topical products,mechanical stimulation of the dermis and lasers. But again, beware;limit your expectations, because under the best circumstances your improvementis only going to be modest. Two more points, I know of no products thatwill prevent stretch marks and if you're developing stretch marks duringpregnancy don't ever use

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