Understanding the causes of scars and stretch marks

Our bodies are works of art that tell our unique stories. However, when scars and stretch marks appear on our skin, they can challenge our self-esteem and affect our overall quality of life. Today, we delve into the profound impact these physical reminders can have on a patient’s emotional well-being. We’ll also discuss an energy-based aesthetic treatment for scars and stretch marks to effectively erase these complex skin concerns. 

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a common skin condition that appear as streaks or lines on the skin. These marks are primarily caused by the stretching and expansion of the skin beyond its natural limit. The most common cause of stretch marks (striae) is rapid weight gain or loss. This sudden change in body size puts stress on the elastic fibers beneath the skin, causing them to break and form the markings. 
Stretch marks are often a result of pregnancy, as the skin of the abdomen stretches as the fetus grows. In fact, stretch marks were reported by an estimated 50-90 percent of pregnant people. Additionally, hormonal changes during puberty or certain medical conditions can weaken the skin’s elasticity, making some individuals more prone to stretch marks. No matter how it happens, the main cause of stretch marks is a rapid change in the body that disrupts the skin’s natural structure.  

What are scars?

Scars are the result of the body’s natural healing process following damage to the skin or underlying tissue. They can be caused by a variety of factors, such as traumatic injuries, surgeries, burns, or even certain skin conditions like acne. According to one study, over half of all scars were the result of an accident When the body detects an injury, it initiates a complex process involving the production of collagen to repair the damaged area. The way in which scars form depend on factors like the depth and extent of the wound, genetics, and the individual’s own healing ability. Additionally, certain lifestyle choices can also impact scar formation, such as smoking, infections, poor wound care, or excessive tension on the healing tissue. Overall, the causes of scars vary, but they all stem from the body’s remarkable ability to repair itself.

How scars and stretch marks affect quality of life

  1. Distorted Body Image
Scars and stretch marks can alter an individual’s body image perception, causing an internal struggle to accept these changes. While there is a cultural shift in accepting various superficial anomalies, it is common for people to feel embarrassed or vulnerable about scars and stretch marks. Consequently, patients report experiencing a negative body image and diminished self-esteem when their scars and stretch marks are exposed.
  1. Emotional Consequences
The emotional toll of scars and stretch marks should not be underestimated. Feelings of shame, embarrassment, and social anxiety often accompany these skin concerns. Patients may withdraw from social activities and intimate relationships, halt their professional goals, and even experience clinical depression. It’s crucial to acknowledge those emotional consequences when supporting patients on their treatment journey.
  1. Societal Perception and Stigma
Societal attitudes can perpetuate a stigma surrounding scars and stretch marks. Patients may feel a sense of disconnection and discomfort in their own skin, leading to a persistent fear of judgment and an erosion of self-worth that invariably impacts their professional and personal endeavors. 

Supporting Patients during Treatment

Aesthetic professionals play pivotal roles by supporting patients who grapple with scars and stretch marks. Taking a patient-centered approach can help patients share their concerns and emotions during the treatment process. Offering resources in addition to treatment options is a great step in providing comprehensive treatment.

Treatment modality: How CO2 laser devices work to treat scars and stretch marks

CO2 laser technology is a revolutionary energy-based treatment for scars and stretch marks. They work by emitting a concentrated beam of light that is absorbed by water in the skin cells. This energy then vaporizes the damaged tissue, allowing new, healthy tissue to take its place. The CO2 laser works to stimulate collagen production, which improves the skin’s texture and elasticity. With aesthetic devices like our MediCO, it’s easy to target specific areas of the skin, allowing for precise and effective treatment. CO2 laser devices are proven to be highly effective in reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks, resulting in smoother, more even-toned skin. 

Benefits of using CO2 laser devices for scar and stretch mark treatment

With the help of carbon dioxide laser technology, devices like our MediCO can effectively resurface skin with remarkable results. It’s a unique efficacy in the field of medical aesthetics compared to many other treatment options.  The precision and controlled penetration of CO2 lasers facilitate completely targeted treatment, minimizing any potential harm to surrounding healthy tissues. MediCO features customizable settings that allow for tailored treatment plans suited to a specific patients’ needs.  By choosing a CO2 laser device, aesthetic clinicians and skincare professionals have the ability to provide patients with long-lasting, life-changing solutions.