A surprising amount of you had questions about stretch marks, and a lot of you were asking, what causes stretch marks? Stretch marks are caused by stretching of the middle layer of skin that we call the dermis. Now, why do some people get more stretch marks than others? Well, some people are predisposed to stretch marks; also, people who gain weight excessively or lose weight really really quickly are predisposed to stretch marks. In addition to this, people who have specific medical conditions or take drugs such as steroids are also far more likely to get stretch marks.
Lots of you have posed the question, can you actually prevent stretch marks from forming in the first place? There isn’t really anything that you can eat or take that will prevent stretch marks forming. The best thing that you can do is be very careful about weight gain or weight loss.
You also wondered, well, were there any treatments for stretch marks? What’s effective? There are loads of potions and creams that you can buy, which can be somewhat effective in treating stretch marks, but the truth is, there isn’t really a cure. A lot of you asked about mesotherapy, which we featured in the show. Mesotherapy is a treatment whereby a doctor injects amino acids and vitamins and other medicines into the stretch mark, promoting the dermis to heal and improving the appearance of the stretch mark. Of course, like all other treatments, it isn’t 100% curative, but it can, in some cases, improve the appearance.
With regard to stretch marks, your doctor isn’t going to be able to cure you. However, if you’re really worried and your stretch marks have cropped up for no apparent reason, do seek some advice.
Doctor Responses: Stretch Marks
Dr Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about stretch marks such as: What causes them? How can you prevent it? What is Mesotherapy?
With thanks to the Baker Street Medical Centre
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