By Dr Brigitte BLOND – 05/07/2019
Some women are spared, others are not. Live is unfair. But most of all, the quality of their fibre is different.
Stretch marks are linear streaks of various width. Red at the beginning during the inflammatory phase, they become pearl white and deepen. The skin gets a waffle-like texture. The breasts, the buttocks, the belly but also the arms, the hips and the inner thighs are the first areas affected.
No part of the body (except for the face) is immune to a sudden stretch of the skin…
Growth, being overweight and of course pregnancy are the main causes of stretch marks and some women are protected by their genetics and are not affected! “The occurrence of the first stretchmarks is a total surprise”, says Dr Kathleen Scemana, nutrition specialist and cosmetic doctor.
The appearance of stretchmarks is a sign of broken collagen fibre. Collagen fibre is naturally elastic, but their rupture leaves a permanent scar. This phenomenon is exacerbated by the hypersecretion of cortisol hormone during pregnancy or adolescence, which compromises skin elasticity. She suggests that “Proper and regular hydration of the risk areas softens the elastic fibre and prevents rupture”.
Once the deed is done, Erbium glass (French, Origin) treatment must be done early on for better results. “At the red lesion stage, the aim is to create an inflammation in the dermis (under the epidermis) to stimulate collagen production by the fibroblasts. The triggered healing will restructure the skin” – Dr Kathleen Scemana.
With the most recent lasers we get a reduction in the depth and width of stretch marks, irrespective of the patient’s age or skin colour. 4 to 8 sessions, two to three weeks apart are recommended for such a result.