Stretch Marks

Whether you just went through a strong growth spurt or you have just had your first kid, stretch marks can happen to anyone. Even if they aren’t always visible, they still might make you feel self-conscious or concerned with having them. Luckily, the Tamjidi Skin Institute in Maryland and Virginia is here to understand and help all your wants and needs regarding stretch marks.

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks usually appear as a form of thin scarring with a slightly off-color hue compared to the surrounding skin. They form when the dermis (the middle layer of skin that helps skin keep its shape) is constantly stretched, which results in a thinning and tearing of the connective fibers of the skin. Stretch marks appear as purple or reddish lesions, and over time, they atrophy and become glossy, which makes the lesions appear silver-streaked or white. These marks can form on the belly, thighs, breasts, hips, lower back, and buttocks, and usually happen during growth spurts of puberty or during the formation of the “baby bump” during pregnancy. They can also be caused by hormonal changes due to hormone therapy or bodybuilding. Unfortunately, the treatment options for stretch marks are limited, but there are a few to lessen their appearance. Laser treatments and glycolic acid have been shown to limit the severity of stretch mark appearances, and microdermabrasion, a cosmetic exfoliating procedure, might lessen their appearance as well.

Stretch Mark Treatment at Tamjidi

Stretch marks might not bother you at all, but they also might be frustrating to live with and cause anxiety in your life, and no one should have to live with that. As difficult as stretch marks are to fully get rid of, there are treatment options and here at Tamjidi Skin Institute, we want to help you understand those options and find the best method for your specific case. Our skincare experts are proud to provide service to the Maryland and Virginia areas for everything skin-related, including stretch marks. Give us a call today and see what Tamjidi can do for you.