What causes scars & stretch marks?
Scars are a normal part of the skin’s healing process after an injury such as lacerations, traumatic injury and burns. Stretch marks commonly occur after pregnancy, hormonal changes or rapid weight gain or loss. Stretch marks are most often observed on and around the breasts, abdomen, thighs, groin and buttocks. They start out as red uneven lines, which become white and somewhat iridescent over time, but remain just as visible.
Stretch marks occur when the body grows or expands faster than the skin can accommodate causing a stretching and tearing of collagen and elastin (rubber band) fibers in the skin.
Popular methods to deal with scars and stretch marks in the past ranged from cryosurgery (freezing), to excision and steroid injections with minimal to no results. Today the “gold standard” for reducing these stretch marks and scars are CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing.