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Stretch Marks!

Most of us panic when we notice the appearance of stretch marks in our body, specially because we have been told there is nothing we can do about them. This is not true, there are things we can do to prevent them and also we can help you at Satori once they appear. But first let's learn a bit about them.

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are long, narrow streaks or stripes that appear on the skin's surface, typically with a different color or texture than the surrounding skin. They can vary in color from white to pink, red, or purple, and typically appear on areas of the body that have undergone rapid weight gain or growth, such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and breasts.

Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched beyond its normal limits, causing the underlying connective tissues to tear. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as pregnancy, puberty, rapid weight gain, weightlifting, or hormonal changes. When the skin stretches, the collagen fibers in the dermis layer of the skin become damaged and break apart, which leads to the formation of stretch marks.

While stretch marks can be a common and natural occurrence, they can sometimes cause discomfort or self-consciousness. However, they are not a sign of any serious medical condition.

Why do stretch marks appear after pregnancy?

Stretch marks are common after pregnancy because the body undergoes significant physical changes during pregnancy, including rapid weight gain, hormonal changes, and stretching of the skin. As the uterus expands to accommodate the growing fetus, the skin on the abdomen and other parts of the body stretches beyond its normal limits, causing the underlying connective tissues to tear and leading to the formation of stretch marks.

Additionally, pregnancy causes hormonal changes that can affect the skin's elasticity and make it more prone to stretch marks. Specifically, the increased levels of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy can weaken the skin's collagen fibers, which are responsible for providing support and elasticity to the skin. This can make the skin more susceptible to tearing and the formation of stretch marks.

How can we prevent them?

  1. Maintain a healthy weight: Rapid weight gain or weight loss can increase the risk of developing stretch marks. Maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise can help prevent them from forming.

  2. Hydrate: Drinking plenty of water can help keep the skin hydrated and more elastic, reducing the likelihood of stretch marks forming.

  3. Use moisturizing creams or oils: Applying moisturizing creams or oils to the skin can help improve its elasticity and reduce the risk of stretch marks. Look for products that contain ingredients like vitamin E, cocoa butter, or shea butter, which are known to be effective in preventing stretch marks.

  4. Eat a balanced diet: Eating a diet rich in nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc and silica, can help promote skin health and prevent the development of stretch marks.

  5. Protect the skin from the sun: Sun exposure can weaken the skin's elasticity, making it more susceptible to stretch marks. Using sunscreen or protective clothing can help prevent damage from the sun's harmful UV rays.

How can they be treated?

    The good news is that Satori Laser offers EMatrix treatments that can reduce at least by 50% the appearance of stretch marks. This treatment is available at our 34th street location in New York City. Our very experienced technicians will guide you first by a complimentary consultation and explain in detail how the process works and what can you expect about it. 

    If the feared stretch marks are affecting your self esteem is time for you to call us and let us take care of you!