1. STRETCH MARKS ARE AFFECTED BY COLLAGEN LEVELS
As the name implies, stretch marks start when the skin gets “stretched” from rapid weight changes. It’s a lot like a deflated balloon, which is wrinkled or shriveled after it loses air.
We can also become more prone to stretch marks when our collagen and elastin levels go down. These give the skin support and elasticity, and without them, we will either develop new stretch marks or existing stretch marks will look even more prominent.
Collagen and elastin levels go down because of ageing or hormonal fluctuations.
2. ANYONE CAN GET STRETCH MARKS
Nine out of 10 women will get stretch marks during pregnancy. However, this is not just a “preggy problem.” Anyone can get stretch marks. These can appear after sudden changes in weight or puberty growth spurts.
3. STRETCH MARKS CAN APPEAR ANYWHERE
People usually get stretch marks on the stomach, but it’s also possible to get them on the arms, breasts, thighs, calves, and buttocks.
4. EXERCISE WILL NOT ERASE STRETCH MARKS
Stretch marks will not go away even if you have lost weight or toned the muscle. These are essentially scars on the skin’s dermis layer, and are not affected by how much fat or muscle you have.
5. YOU CAN GET STRETCH MARKS EVEN IF YOU ARE SKINNY
Since hormones and genetic factors can make you more prone to stretch marks, you can develop them even if you’re slim or have maintained a steady weight.
6. STRETCH MARKS WILL NOT GO AWAY OVER TIME
When stretch marks first appear, they will be very bright or reddish brown. They may fade to a lighter, silvery color, but they will not completely disappear. Tanning or whitening creams will not help either, because scar tissue does not change color the same way that the rest of our skin does.
7. LASER TREATMENTS CAN TREAT STRETCH MARKS
Many stretch mark creams just minimize the appearance of stretch marks temporarily, by plumping up the skin layer or reducing inflammation. Laser treatments can give more visible, long-term results. Powerful machines like the Sciton Halo break down the scar tissue’s molecular bonds and prompt the skin to produce more collagen. Over the next weeks, your body forms new and unblemished layers of healthy skin. This non-invasive procedure can be done in the clinic.
Ask your aesthetic doctor about Sciton Halo and laser treatments for stretch marks. Sciton Halo is distributed by Servicom in Singapore.