Stretch marks (striae) can affect all skin types, conditions and colours and are a type of scar that occurs when rapid tearing of the dermis stretches collagen fibres. Stretch marks may appear red or purple lines that fade to a white / silver colour. As stretch marks are a condition of the dermis, the superficial application of moisturiser to the epidermis has little effect in prevention or reduction
Stretch marks occur when the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching. Although our skin is fairly resilient, when it’s overstretched, the normal production of collagen is disrupted. As a result, stretch marks form. A number of causes promote the formation and appearance of stretchmarks with the main causes being:
- Rapid weight gain or loss/ Rapid body growth during puberty Stretch marks may occur during various phases of life and usually start in young teens going through puberty. As the body grows and expands we experience stretch marks as particular parts of the body such as breasts and hips grow and the skin can only stretch so much. When people gain weight the skin is overstretched and the collagen in the skin is changed. The result being the formation of stretch marks.
- Pregnancy Medically known as striae gravid arum, ninety per cent of pregnant women get stretch marks, as the rapid growth of the baby causes the abdominal area to stretch. This usually occurs in the third trimester, as the abdominal skin is forced to accommodate the growing uterus. Some pregnant women also develop stretch marks on the breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs.
Stretch marks can vary in size and colour. They can range from a few centimetres to a few inches long and most commonly appear on:
- Upper Arms
Stretch Treatment Solutions
Stretch marks can be effectively be treated at Luminosity Skin and Laser Clinic where we provide a multi-treatment programme to address and reduce stretch marks. All treatments are performed by our skin clinicians.
Dermapen - needling treatment has been performed for many years, and can be used safely to treat stretch marks. Skin Needling is based on acupuncture and uses a specialised devise that differs in size to accommodate the areas and concern being treated. Skin Needling encourage the production and distribution of new collagen that will progressively remodel the stretch mark greatly reducing the appearance.
Stretch marks can be treated with topical creams and laser therapies. At Luminosity Skin and Laser Clinic, patients will receive the newest laser treatment with our laser system which promotes the growth of collagen and elastin in the dermis.
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