Stretch Marks Shouldn’t Make the Seventh Inning Stretch

March in Houston is that sweet time between the grey wind of winter and the start of blooming spring. Soon the Astros will be making their spring training grounds in West Palm Beach, and the fans will get to work on their 7th inning stretches.

In honor of that, you could come see Dr. Kronberg and we could work on those obnoxious stretch marks you hate so much.

Stretch marks. Just those two words send most women to a bad place. Most every woman who has had a child or who has gained and then lost weight has stretch marks. And despite promises, salves and creams applied topically have no impact on changing them.

But that’s where Dr. Kronberg is different. She uses the N-Lite/Regenlite Laser to decrease the appearance of stretch marks, especially newer stretch marks.

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are long, narrow streaks, stripes, or lines that develop on the skin, but are a different color/tone than the surrounding skin. They form due to sudden stretching of the skin and are almost universal with women, and some men.

Stretch marks commonly form on the shoulders and the back in men, and on the hips, thighs, and breasts in women.

Why do stretch marks form?

There are three layers to human skin: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous (fat) layer. As we grow, the strong connecting fibers in the dermis slowly stretch. If that growth is rapid, however, those fibers are overstretched and they break, creating stretch marks. Initially, these are red or purple because blood vessels are showing through the tears in the dermis. But they fade with time to a silvery, white, or glossy appearance.

How does the laser help stretch marks?

At Dr. Kronberg’s we’ve found that our N-Lite/Regenlite Laser works best on stretch marks that are still in the red or purple phase. This pulsed-dye laser delivers a precise yellow light that uses very low power laser energy to hit the blood vessels that are visible beneath the skin and causing the stretch marks. These blood vessels are not damaged, but they respond with a wound mechanism where the body starts producing new amounts of collagen and sending it to the “wounded” area. This makes the stretch marks far less visible as the skin’s collagen levels increase.

For older silvery stretch marks, microneedling may be a better treatment. There isn’t a treatment out there that can totally remove older, white or silver stretch marks.

Tired of your stretch marks? Call Dr. Kronberg at (773)771-8941 and let’s put our laser to work diminishing their appearance.

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