FAQ's Regarding Stretch Marks
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are a result of tears in the inner layers of the skin. In fact they are made up of internal scar tissue, covered by attenuated epidermis. It lacks hair follicles, sweat glands and sebum glands. Stretch marks appear as streaks of a few millimeters wide, deep purple initially. As they mature they assume a whitish color. They cause a disfiguringly irregular and flabby aspect of the affected skin areas.

How does it occur and where does it occur?
It most commonly occurs as a consequence of the following: Pregnancy, rapid weight gain, particularly during puberty and hormonal abnormalities.The most affected areas are the tummy, breasts, hips and thighs and even upper arms.

What are the treatment options?
In the beginning stretch marks are pinkish in appearence At this stage, treatment consists of daily massage with suitable body oils and micro-dermabrasion which has to be repeated at interval. This makes the upper layers of skin to heal more effectively. As a result it heals and becomes less noticeable.Once the stretch mark is mature and appears white, it responds to a far lesser extend to this treatment.If it is still embarrassing to the individual or hinders in wearing certain outfits –the best alternative is to excise the affected skin by means of surgery.

How long does it take for the surgery and is it painful?
The duration of surgery depends on the no. of stretch marks and their width and extent. It usually takes 2-3 hours for the procedure depending on the above factors. It is usually performed under regional /local anaesthesia depending upon the extent of stretch marks to be removed.

How long is the hospitalization?
It is a day care procedure and the patient can return back home the same day . Only in cases where large stretch marks are removed it is advisable to stay for one day & go home the next day.

When can I join my work?
One can resume his daily activities the same day and resume light work from 5th day onwards. It is advisable to avoid heavy work/weight lifting for 4-6 months to avoid recurrence.

What are the complications involved?
It is a relatively safe procedure and complications are minimal in the expert hands of a plastic surgeon.

What is a bad scar?
A bad scar is a result of a wound which has not been treated appropriately at the time of its primary treatment in the form of thorough washing of the wound , tattooing of the debris,infection and inappropriate suture techniques.

How can it be best avoided?
The best way is to get the primary treatment at a place where a qualified surgeon is available for the treatment as the first chance of repair is the best option for a favourable result.

How to get it treated?
A bad scar is first assessed and treated according to the site of its location and considering various other factors . You will be thoroughly examined and the available options would be discussed with you suiting your scar.

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