If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight, a congratulation is in order! Losing weight not only requires extreme dedication and perseverance, but it also requires more work than most people are aware of. And although fitting into smaller clothes and reading a number you never thought you’d see on the scale are two accomplishments worth bragging about, there are some adverse effects of weight loss that many people don’t talk about like stretch marks.
What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks occur when the skin has been overstretched over weak connective tissue which forms a type of scarring. Stretch marks appear as smooth, linear lines across areas of the body such as the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, and arms— although they can appear elsewhere on the body. Typically, stretch marks start out as long red or purple streaks across your skin and then fade to an almost silvery color later on.
How Are They Caused?
Although you only see the top layer of your skin (the epidermis) your skin is comprised of three separate layers including the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. When the connective tissue (the dermis) has been overstretched, stretch marks form.
Are Stretch Marks Permanent?
Depending on your skin, your stretch marks can fade over time, or they may need some treatment for you to see the results. During your initial consultation with Dr. Jack Bertolino, we will go over your treatment options. Depending on the severity of your stretch marks, Jack Bertolino offers a variety of solutions including:
- Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
- Platelet Rich Plasma
- Ultrasonic Dermawave
Losing weight is a large accomplishment that shouldn’t be overshadowed by your stretch marks. Schedule your stretch mark treatment consultation with our Williamsville office today!