Stretch Marks Stretch marks are silvery white lines that traverse on the surface of the skin just like veins or arteries. Stretch marks start off red in colour, and are lines, over time; they mature and turn to a silvery shade. Stretch mark results from the skin stretching beyond its limit and losing its elasticity. The production of collagen is disrupted. Losing elastin and the disrupted production of collagen causes the skin to have stretch marks on the top layer of skin. They can develop at key stages of growth, for example, during puberty and pregnancy, and also develop when there is a change in diet or exercise regime. Many different body shapes and sizes have stretch marks; it is not purely down to weight gain/loss.
• Highly effective and safe
• Dramatic reduction in the appearance of stretch marks
• Possibility of tackling new and old stretch-marks
• Boosting the collagen production left damaged by stretched skin
• Enables the skin cells to repair themselves
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Collagen production in the dermis of the skin is damaged, and blood vessels dilation causes the development of purplish coloured early stretch marks. The inflammation and collagen disruption may cause the obscuring of production of melanin. After a period, this lacking of pigment leads to the white pigmented scars that we call stretch marks. It has even been suggested that stretch marks are caused because of an increased level of a hormone called glucocorticoids circulating through the body. This hormone is produced by the adrenal gland, and its production is increased during pregnancy, adolescence, obesity and weight lifting. The glucocorticoids affect the dermis or the skin by preventing the fibroblasts from forming elastin fibres and collagen. These are required to keep growing skin firm. What follows is dermal tearing as there is a lack of supportive substance when the skin is being stretched over its limit. Some people can be more prone to getting stretch marks than others. Skin type may be a factor. For example, dryer skin has less elasticity than oily skin, and more likely to develop stretch marks. Stretch marks can also form more easily in the skin with a high proportion of cross-lined collagen that occurs in teenagers. Another hypothesis on the cause of stretch marks is that they can occur due to the abnormal collagen formation as a result of chemicals that influence the formation of collagen. It is better to leave the stretch marks alone because they are harmless scars on the epidermis.
• Some medications like steroids such as cortisone
• Excessive stretch of the skin during pregnancy, growth spurts or weight gain
• Due to constant repetitive exercises in athletes and body builders
Which sides are the most common sides of stretch marks?
Stretch marks often occur in women and can be seen on the thighs, hips, butts and pregnant abdomens.
Several treatments are available based on to the size of the surface area to be treated; the type and maturity of the stretch mark; the severity of the case. You will require a personal consultation with an aesthetician, before a treatment plan is drawn up. Some of our most popular stretch mark treatments are Derma pen, Derma Roller (Skin Needling), chemical peeling, Radio frequency (RF) Treatment, RF with Skin Needling Treatment and High Intensive Focused Ultrasound (HIFU).
The Derma pen contain a disposable needle tip that has about twelve microscopic needles. The needle oscillates at a very high rate of about 110 revolutions per second. The needles make tiny punctures in the skin as they make contact with the skin surface. This causes minor trauma, initiating an immune response, leading to the creation of new and healthy collagen. Topical nutrients are also introduced into the deep layer of the skin through the punctures. The derma pen does not cause dermal tearing.
It helps in the stimulation of new growths of collagen in the dermis. It works best in the treatment of acne scarring, wrinkles, textural irregularities, stretch marks and sunburn. This procedure is painless. During the procedure, you experience just a warmness and maximum a dull tingly feeling. It works by stimulating the collagen in the dermis. In breaking through the skin, it uses bi-polar radio frequency and leaving the top layer undamaged. During the treatment, stretched marks are attacked from the inside out.
The non-surgical RF with Skin Needling device rejuvenation rejuvenates the skin to stimulate production of new collagen in the dermis. This device delivers the heat energy of radio frequency to the dermal layer of skin in order to achieve a firm and younger looking skin without any surgery.
High Intensive Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is one of the world’s best stretch mark treatment methods. It is a non-laser and non-light based aesthetic device. It helps in the stimulation of new growths of collagen in the dermis. It works best for skin tightening and stretch marks. This procedure is not painless but it is bearable. During the procedure, you experience just a dull tingly feeling and the skin will glow with a slightly irritated feeling over a few hours after the procedure. It works by stimulating the collagen in the dermis. In breaking through the skin, it uses bi-polar radio frequency and leaving the top layer undamaged.
Stretch mark removal treatments are available for all skin types. How long does the procedure last? Stretch mark removal treatments take between half an hour and 2 hours, depending on the size and nature of the area being treated.
Depending on your skin, the nature of your stretch marks and the treatment you choose, for most procedures we normally recommend a course of 6 to 12 sessions, set 4-6 weeks apart for best results. We really can tailor our treatments to you.
You can expect long-lasting results from your stretch mark treatment, though this will vary depending on your lifestyle, age and skin condition.
An ideal candidate will have fresh stretch marks which will be easier to manage, but mature stretch marks are also treatable. It is best to treat them when they are relatively new, in order to effectively reduce them. Older stretch marks usually require a more intense procedure, and may take more sessions to achieve results. It is not advisable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding undergo any cosmetic procedures. While there is no clinical data that shows treatment to be detrimental to the patient or the baby, we always err on the side of caution.
Most areas of the body can be treated. Some of the most common areas are the tummy and thighs. Is there any downtime? Depending on what treatment plan is provided, patients may experience some downtime.
Depending on what treatment plan is provided, patients may experience some downtime.
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