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How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of Americans have stretch marks, narrow bands of pink or purplish scars that appear when the skin expands or shrinks quickly.

Even though stretch marks are often associated with women and childbirth, men and people of all ages get them as well.

Most people don’t enjoy the look of stretch marks. So, how do you get rid of them? Does anything really work?

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are like scars that develop in the middle layer of the skin called the dermis. The coloring you see is ruptured collagen and elastin, caused by the skin stretching or shrinking too quickly.

Stretch marks develop for several reasons including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Growth spurts during puberty
  • Rapid muscle growth
  • Certain medical conditions

When stretch marks first appear, they display in a variety of colors: red, pink, brown, dark brown. They may itch, and the ruptured collagen and elastin may feel slightly raised.

Mature stretch marks tend to be lighter and often display a silvery or glossy effect. Over time, the scar may feel slightly sunken.

Generally speaking, stretch marks are normal and pose no risk to general health. However, most people don’t enjoy the look of stretch marks and many prefer them gone or less visible.

What Gets Rid of Stretch Marks?

Because stretch marks are like scars, it’s almost impossible to get rid of them completely. However, improving their appearance is possible.

There are hundreds of ‘miracle’ creams, lotions, and gels promising to cure stretch marks. But very few products offer visible results, and many only treat stretch marks on certain skin types.

Prescription strength topical treatments are also available but offer similar results.

Professional procedures like laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels can be very expensive, uncomfortable, and often require multiple in-office treatments to get results.

There’s no miracle fix when it comes to stretch marks.

What Really Works?

Strialite is the first stretch mark removal system cleared by the FDA for convenient home use. The handheld device is easy to use, pain-free, and most effective at reducing the bright red and purplish streaks associated with new stretch marks.

Strialite is a LED-based system that emits low-level light energy, effectively targeting stretch marks on a deep, cellular level to stimulate collagen production, minimizing the appearance of stretch marks.

Stretch marks treated with Strialite appear less visible in as little as four weeks. And instead of having expensive in-office treatments, patients use Strialite in the comfort of their own home.

To maximize results, patients are encouraged to treat each area for twenty minutes twice a week. Strialite is safe to use on the thighs, abdomen, hips, legs, back, and breasts—just about anywhere on the body!

Still not sure Strialite is right for you? Call The Centre P.C. to schedule an appointment. We’ll answer all your questions and more!

Call 574-621-3171 or contact us online to learn more about this advanced stretch mark removal system.

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Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Macias completed her plastic and reconstructive surgery residency training at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is Board Certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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