Dermatologist in Charlotte
Dermatologists understand that as summer approaches people will be a little more concerned about skin conditions, because that is the time of year when we wear tank tops, bathing suits, and apparel that usually reveals more skin. One of the conditions that most people want to make go away is stretch marks. Everyone knows what they look like; they develop because skin in the affected area stretches or shrinks quickly. This abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin to rupture. As the skin heals, stretch marks begin to appear. Stretch marks are most likely to develop during these times:
- Growth spurts that happen after puberty
- During pregnancy
- In cases of rapid weight loss or weight gain
- When someone experiences rapid muscle growth
In the early stages, stretchmarks tend to be red, purple, pink, reddish-brown, or dark brown. The color depends on a person’s skin color. Early stretch marks also may feel slightly raised and can be itchy. Ove time, the color fades, and the narrow bands sink beneath your skin.
Getting rid of stretch marks
Most Charlotte dermatologists offer a few treatments that have been proven to produce improvement in the appearance of stretch marks. Topical creams are available by prescription and can be applied at home. For most patients, topical creams are safe to use and easy to apply. Your dermatologist will determine the products that would be appropriate for you.
Another procedure for the treatment of stretch marks would be laser therapy. Laser treatments help to improve both the texture and appearance of stretch marks more dramatically than creams alone. The goal is to resurface the skin, to promote the healthy development of new collagen on the stretch marked area. Many dermatology patients have seen dramatic improvement in the appearance of unsightly stretch marks. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding; check with your doctor before pursuing treatment for stretch marks. Some products contain ingredients that can harm your baby. Technically, stretch marks are a scar, which means they are permanent. Treatment may make them less noticeable and can also help alleviate the itch.
Whether you are dealing with stretchmarks, or you seek to avoid problems that make your skin look older, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon is a board-certified dermatologist whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Their range of services includes medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. Treatment is available for both adult and pediatric patients. Call your Ballantyne dermatologist today for a skin care evaluation and analysis.