Stretch marks are a result of two components: stretching of the skin and hormonal changes. First, stretch marks are the direct result of the dermis (the middle layer of skin) stretching too far, too fast. Additionally, stretch marks can result when there is an increase of cortisone (a hormone naturally produced by your adrenal glands) in your system. Too much cortisone can cause your skin to lose its elasticity, which means once it is stretched it cannot return to its normal, smooth state.
When you think about stretch marks you most likely picture a woman’s belly distended due to pregnancy. While pregnancy is a very common cause of stretch marks, any activity that either stretches the skin too far or increases cortisone levels (or in some cases both) can lead to them. Other common causes of stretch marks include growth spurts during puberty, overuse of topical corticosteroids, bodybuilding, hormone replacement therapy, and certain adrenal gland disorders.
Even though stretch marks are often completely normal, you shouldn’t have to live with them if you’re bothered by their appearance. While there are many different creams, lotions, and serums on the market that claim to get rid of them, it’s important to understand that no topical treatments have proven efficacy for treating stretch marks. However, a treatment that can effectively remove unsightly stretch marks is IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light. Keep reading to learn how IPL can get rid of stretch marks.
What is IPL?
IPL is a noninvasive procedure that treats the skin with quick and powerful flashes of light. IPL devices are non-laser light sources that make use of a high-powered, handheld, computer-controlled flashgun to deliver an intense, broad-spectrum pulse of light to the treatment area. IPL treatments can also improve the appearance of sun damage, acne scars, lines and wrinkles, and other skin imperfections.
How IPL can get rid of stretch marks
The IPL device that Dr. Krant utilizes to treat her patients is the Cutera Limelight, which delivers a wavelength range of 520 to 1100 nm to break down stretch marks and improve the appearance of your skin. According to a 2017 article in the journal Dermatology Reports, the biological effect of these wavelengths is non-ablative dermal remodeling with increased collagen deposition. Clinically and aesthetically, the deposition of new dermal collagen translates into improved skin texture, more elasticity, and more normal pigmentation, which is ideal for the treatment of stretch marks.
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IPL is a painless treatment with little to no downtime that can smooth your stretch marks and restore your skin’s natural look. While you may see noticeable results after one appointment, most women and men achieve maximum results after a series of IPL treatment sessions. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Krant today to further discuss how IPL can get rid of your stretch marks.