Causes and Removal Methods of Red Stretch Marks

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May 24, 2011


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Causes and Removal Methods of Red Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are common, and are most usually found after a period where a person has grown quickly or put on a lot of weight in a short time. It is particularly a problem after puberty or pregnancy. Stretch marks do fade away over time, but when they appear first they can be dark pink or red in color.

What Causes Red Stretch Marks?

Red stretch marks are caused by changes in the layers of the skin. Everyone’s skin is made of three layers, the outer layer of the epidermis, the middle layer or dermis and the subcutis or hypodermis, which is the inner layer of skin and is fat and connective tissues. When someone is putting on weight rapidly or is pregnant, the layers of skin struggle to stretch quickly enough. The damage occurs in the dermis, or middle layer of the skin. The dermis begins to break in places due to the rapid stretching of the skin and the breaking down of this layer of skin allows the deeper layers of the skin to be visible from the surface.

Are They Dangerous?

Stretch marks are not dangerous or harmful, and do not usually require to be treated by a doctor. Many people try to prevent stretch marks by using special creams or lotions designed to stop them appearing, but there is little evidence that these works. There are many factors which determine why some people are more prone to developing stretch marks than others, and genes seem to be a strong factor. Women who are pregnant are much more likely to suffer from stretch marks if their own mother suffered from them in her pregnancies.

Although there is no way to banish stretch marks completely, they will fade over time. They gradually become less red and more translucent and silvery, taking on an appearance more like scar tissue. This process can be encouraged by using lots of moisturizer on the stretch marks and keeping them soft and supple. Any moisturizer can be used for this; it doesn’t have to be a cream specifically for stretch marks. Many people report good results when using oily products rather than creamy products.

How to Get Rid of Red Stretch Marks?

If a patient is unwilling to allow nature to take its course and allow time to heal over the stretch marks, laser surgery can be considered. During this treatment the surgeon uses a pulse dyed laser to directly target the red parts of the marks. Reducing the redness and the inflammation of the marks will help speed up the body’s healing process and help boost collagen in the skin, which is the component which makes the skin soft and supple. Treatment is not painful and once the redness from the procedure has gone, the results should be instantly noticeable. Treatment with lasers is expensive though, and needs to be carried out by an experienced cosmetic practitioner. Having laser surgery on your stretch marks may not make them disappear completely, it will help them fade so much that they are no longer noticeable.


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