Stretch marks or dermal striae are the result of rapid expansion of the skin. Stretch marks are often the result of rapid weight-loss or weight gain with bulking exercises, implants or pregnancy.
While the outer skin layer (epidermis) remains intact, the lower skin layer (dermis) separates, resulting in scar formation. Because stretch marks are caused by rapid growth, the two most common etiologies are puberty and pregnancy.
In dark skinned individuals, stretch marks may be even more obvious because they have less pigmentation than the surrounding skin. Patients with dark skin (Fitzpatrick type IV & V) are more likely to have hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation changes from laser treatments.
While there are various creams and laser devices on the market claiming to treat stretch marks, surgery in most cases is the best option. Stretch marks related to pregnancy can be treated with a tummy tuck surgery referred to as abdominoplasty. In this surgery, the abnormal skin of the lower abdomen is removed and replaced with normal skin from the upper abdomen. Often times unwanted tattoos are removed in the process.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, women should wait until after they have completed all pregnancies prior to proceeding with abdominoplasty surgery.
To schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck in Orlando, call 321-727-3223 or email [email protected]