Stretch marks

Wrinkles Specialist By Ageless Clear Skin HSR Layout, Bangalore

These unsightly white and purple lines seen mostly around joints, hips and abdomen is due to the stretching of the skin when one gains weight. As the rate of increase in subcutaneous fat exceeds the time taken for the overlying skin to develop, causes it to stretch thereby creating linear areas of thin skin we dermatologists call striae and the common man calls stretch marks.

There are two types of stretch marks based on the color which can give and idea as to how old they are
  1. Purple striae :

These stretch marks are purple in color are more commonly seen in pregnancy, however they are seen in a lot of people but rarely observed by the individual. They are called immature striae as they are recently formed and hence are easy to treat as they still have the components to induce regeneration of new underlying skin.

  1. White striae :

These stretch marks are more mature meaning to say they have evolved over the years from initially being reddish purple to a whitish color. They are not as easy to treat as they have very few components within it to induce self regeneration of new underlying skin.

Treatment options include Radiofrequency microneedling where needles are punctured into these areas and release heating Radiofrequency energy and induce local damage to the underlying tiny blood vessel causing bleeding, this bleeding releases platelets that induce healing and repair and thereby rejuvenate the skin.

Hypertrichosis (excessive hair distribution)

Hypertrichosis is the condition of unusual amount distribution of hair over the body which can be generalized or localized.
In women this condition is called hirsutism and is most of the time associated with hormonal imbalances due to PCOD and obesity.

The most effective treatment is the use of IPL lasers which arrests the hair cycle there by prolonging up to one to two years minimal or nil hair growth with frequent once yearly treatment after an initial dedicated three months therapy is followed. However, women should check there underlying PCOD with an endocrinologist or gynecologist.