Over time they may diminish, but will not disappear completely. Stretch marks form during pregnancy, usually during the last trimester, and usually on the belly, but also commonly occurring on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks. Stretch marks are caused by tearing of the dermis. This is often from the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding.
There is no evidence that creams used during pregnancy prevent stretch marks.
Striae, or "stretch marks", begin as reddish or purple lesions, which can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored; the most common places are the abdomen (especially near the navel), breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs (both inner and outer), hips, and buttocks. Over time, they tend to atrophy and lose pigmentation. The affected areas appear empty, and are soft to the touch.
Bloom medical has developed a multi-component treatment process to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
If pigmented to a dark or reddish hue, IPL treatments reduce to coloration. Erbium Yag and CO2 resurfacing allow for normal epithelium to cover the stretch marks allowing for reduction in appearance as well. The stretch marks and painlessly be shrunk in width with RF treatments in just 10 to 15 minutes. Resurfacing with deep microdermabrasion also allows for normal epithelial growth over the collagenous stretch marks to reduse their appearance. When used in combination, significant reduction in appearance can be achieved.