Stretch Marks Removal in Toronto

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Stretch Marks Removal in Toronto
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What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks, which are medically known as striae, are indented, long, thin streaks, lines, or stripes that develop on the skin due to rapid stretching. They are extremely common in both women and men, during or after puberty.

Stretch marks can appear just about anywhere on your body, but they’re particularly common on thighs, breasts, buttocks, lower back, stomach, hips, and upper arms.

What Causes Stretch marks?

Stretch marks may appear similar in different people, but they’re all caused due to various underlying factors.

The most common causes of stretch marks or striae include:

  • Pregnancy

This is one of the leading causes of stretch marks in women due to the rapid growth of the baby. According to statistics, 50% to 90% of pregnant women experience stretch marks during or after pregnancy.

  • Rapid Weight Gain or Weight Loss

The skin expands or contracts slowly to accommodate slow increase or decreases in weight. When rapid gain or loss of weight occurs, the skin is forced to stretch or contract faster than it usually does, causing the dermis to tear.

  • Corticosteroids

Corticosteroid lotions, creams, and pills weaken the skin’s ability to stretch, which leads to stretch marks.

  • Puberty

During puberty, the body produces increased amounts of growth hormones, which may lead to a rapid weight gain causing the skin to stretch suddenly.

  • Medical Conditions

Stretch marks can also result from certain diseases, including Cushing’s syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Marfan’s syndrome, and other adrenal gland conditions. These adrenal gland disorders cause an increase in the amount of cortisone in the body, which results in the formation of stretch marks.

Here’s a summary of how stretch marks form

Despite the cause behind your stretch marks, the process through which they’re formed is typically the same. The skin, which is the largest organ in the body, has many functions apart from making us look appealing. The skin is made up of three layers, i.e., epidermis, dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. Collagen, a protein responsible for the elasticity of the skin, is found in the middle layer, the dermis. The concentration of this protein varies in each person. Some people have enough collagen to withstand rapid expansion or contraction of the skin without developing stretch marks.

For those with lower levels of collagen, rapid stretching of the skin causes collagen fibers to tear up. This causes the deeper layers of the skin to become prominent, resulting in the formation of stretch marks/ striae.

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Types of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can be categorized according to how long you have had them (age/color) or their cause.

Based on color/ age, there are two types of stretch marks:

  • Red/ purple (Striae rubrae) – these are newly formed stretch marks. They are reddish or purple due to the visibility of blood vessels through the dermis.
  • White/ silver (Striae alba) – these are old stretch marks. They are white or silver due to pronounced fat layer and contraction of previously visible blood vessels

Types of stretch marks based on their cause include:

  • Striae gravidarum– these are pregnancy-related stretch marks
  • Striae distensae– they occur during puberty and involve linear lines
  • Striae atrophicae – they are the most common stretch marks. They’re caused by weakening or breakdown of elastin or collagen by corticosteroids, adrenal related conditions, and other factors that cause the loss of skin’s elasticity.
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Methods of Stretch Mark Removal in Toronto

At Lumiskins Dermatology Clinic, we offer you the most advanced and effective ways to treat and remove stretch marks. Our treatments are based on the current condition of the patient, age, lifestyle, skin tone, and genetics, among other factors.

Mesotherapy

This involves the use of exceptional, safe, and effective formulations of nutrients and vitamins to rejuvenate your skin. The formulations are delivered through injections into the areas affected by stretch marks. The skin then heals and tightens through increased collagen and elastin production.

At Lumiskins, we apply the best Mesotherapy treatments for optimal results.

PRP Injections

Platelet-Rich Plasma injections contain a concentrated amount of platelets which are injected directly into the affected areas. The high concentration of platelets leads to increased healing of the skin (collagen formation in the dermis) eliminating stretch marks. The platelets used are obtained from your blood through centrifugation.

Contact us today and learn more about PRP injections.

Microneedling

Microneedling involves the use of microscopic needles to create microscopic pinpoints for your body to start a self-healing process. Microneedling stimulates nerve endings to signals cells of an injury which causes the production of collagen and elastin to heal the injury. When this is applied on stretch marks, natural healing occurs around that area eliminating striae.

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Benefits of Stretch Marks Removal

  • Increases self-esteem and self-confidence
  • The advanced stretch marks removal treatments used increase the levels of collagen and elastin in the skin.
  • Restores your aesthetic look
  • Stretch marks removal tightens your skin
  • Restores even skin tone and complexion
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Frequently Asked Questions

Stretch marks form due to the damage of collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis. The treatments we offer at Lumiskins aim to stimulate the skin to produce collagen and elastin, which restores your youthful stretch mark-free skin.

To learn how each of our stretch mark removal procedures works towards restoring your skin’s natural look, contact us, or book an appointment.

The treatments we provide at Lumiskins restore collagen and elastin on the affected areas, returning your skin’s natural look for good. By maintaining your skin through the guides we offer after treatments, you eliminate any risk of stretch marks in the future.

Book your appointment for a stretch mark removal procedure, and you’ll learn more about maintaining your skin’s natural look.

Each of our treatment procedure has its timeline. For example, Mesotherapy can be performed in one session, but we also recommend follow up injections for optimal or desired results.

The length of your treatment procedure is also dependent on how severe your condition is.

Although our treatment procedures are non-invasive, we can offer a local anesthetic for your comfort.

Our stretch mark removal treatments are non-invasive with no downtime. You may experience some minor discomfort, slight swelling, and redness, which subside in a few days. The only time you’ll need off work is during your appointments with our specialist.

Call us today to book an appointment with one of our dermatologists.

After undergoing any Lumiskins’ stretch mark removal procedure, you should wait for at least 48 hours before resuming your exercise.

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