A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin to rupture and as the skin heals stretch marks may appear.
Stretch marks are a type of scarring that occurs when the skin stretches rapidly, causing the collagen and elastin fibers to break. This can result in thin, reddish or purple lines on the skin that eventually fade to a silvery-white color. Stretch marks can occur on any part of the body but are most common on the abdomen, breasts, thighs, and buttocks.
Stretch marks are commonly associated with pregnancy, but they can also be caused by rapid weight gain or loss, puberty, or certain medical conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome or Marfan syndrome. Genetics may also play a role in the development of stretch marks.
Your consultation for plastic surgery with Mr Ferrando is an important step in the process of considering and undergoing cosmetic or reconstructive procedures.
This initial meeting allows the patient and surgeon to discuss goals, expectations, and potential outcomes, as well as evaluate the patient’s eligibility for the desired procedure. It will be an opportunity to ask questions or clarify any concerns that you may have. You will look at the “before and after” images of previous patients and get further information you need to make a decision.
Mr Ferrando will review your medical history and conduct a physical exam. He will then discuss all options suitable for you and explain each stage of the procedure or treatment. The exact procedure depends on the anatomy of the patient.
Our team believes that a well-informed, comfortable patient is one of the most important elements of the process. Whether you move forward with surgery or simply learn more, Dr Ferrando is looking forward to meeting you!
There are several treatments that can help reduce their appearance.
- Topical steroids – corticosteroid creams: Over-the-counter creams containing ingredients such as retinoids, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid may help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
- Prescription medications such as tretinoin or topical steroids may be prescribed to help improve the appearance of stretch marks.
- Laser therapy can help stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
- Microdermabrasion involves the use of a special tool to remove the outer layer of skin, which can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
- Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Risks and Side Effects
All surgeries carry certain risks and even though they are rare you should be aware of them before making your decision. Mr Ferrando will talk you through any possible risks and side effects at his consultations as they will vary depending on the patient’s anatomy, age, physical condition and lifestyle.
During his procedures and treatments, he does everything possible to minimise the risk of complications by practicing a meticulously detailed approach and applying his world-class training background.
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This initial contact allows the patient and surgeon to discuss goals, expectations, and potential outcomes, as well as evaluate the patient’s eligibility for the desired procedure.
It will be an opportunity to ask questions or clarify any concerns that you may have and get further information you need to make a decision.