Stretch Marks

  • stretch marks are caused by a tear in the collagen of the skin
  • the appearance of stretch marks can be reduced with Mesotherapy, laser skin treatments or a range of medical treatments

Stretch marks are most commonly result of the rapid stretching of the skin, pregnancy, hormonal changes associated with puberty, hormone replacement therapy and even weight gain or muscle building can be a cause. Stretch marks start off as red or purple lines, which then turn quickly to silvery white lines which are invariably itchy and always seen as nuisance.

Not everybody gets stretch marks; a lot it to do with the luck of your genetics. Collagen is the vital protein which keeps our skin fibres stretchy. Medical evidence says that some people produce excess levels of the hormone, corticosteroid which decreased the amount of collagen in the skin, making it less stretchy and more inclined to tear.

Recommended treatments for Stretch marks:

Stretch marks are never 100% preventable but gaining weight at a fast rate is one of the biggest factors in them appearing. When it comes to treatment, it is always best to treat them as soon as the early red marks appear. Here at The Cooden Medical Clinic, we recommend the following treatments:

Dermalux LED Rejuvenation

Dermalux LED rejuvenation treatments are most effective in the first six months after the stretch marks appear, and will help to reduce their appearance as well as preventing them from continuing to develop.

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Dermaroller / Dermapen ™

Dermaroller / Dermapen ™ microneedling treatments are particularly effective in treating older stretch marks. They will effectively stimulate your skin to produce more of its own collagen and elastin to aid stretch marks removal and fade scars, provide rapid skin renewal, regeneration and promote accelerated healing.

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Laser Skin Treatments

Laser skin treatments – for stretch marks we use a Candela sublative laser which targets both the blood vessels that supply blood to the skin of the stretch mark, as well as increasing and encouraging the growth of collagen and elastin.

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Mesotherapy injections include specific proteins and vitamins that stimulate cells to make elastin and collagen for connective tissue. We also include silica; a mineral that naturally works in the body to correct tissue problems.

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PRP Therapy

PRP therapy draws on a unique treatment plan from your own blood to treat stretch marks both internally and externally, at the very same time. This PRP is found within the patient's own blood and stem cells work together to enhance healing of any body tissue.

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Topical Homecare Treatments

Topical homecare treatments can improve stretch marks, especially if caught early or used as a preventative measure. We recommend Tretinoin or the Nu-Derm range from Obagi®, which works by stimulating collagen production to repair damaged skin.

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  • Why are stretch marks different colours?

    Stretch marks start off as reddish-purple stripes, however in time, this colour subsides and they turn white and then, after a loner period they become silvery-white. The general rule is that the whiter your stretch marks, the longer they have been there and the more intense the colour, the deeper the scar is.

    Why do they change colour?

    Stretch marks appear when the skin tears from the stretching. When this happens, collagen production stops, resulting in a loss of pigment production. In those places where pigment is not being produced, the skin has a lighter appearance. This can be even more of a problem for sufferers with darker skin.

    Where can stretch marks turn up?

    Stretch marks are more common where the body stores fat, for example the hips, breasts, and tummy for women and on the stomach and back for men. Both sexes can experience stretch marks on the upper arms and on the front and back of the thighs.

    Are stretch marks painful?

    No, they do not hurt when forming or after formation. They can however be annoying and cause sufferers to lose confidence in their bodies.

    What do stretch marks feel like?

    When you rub your fingers over them, you will feel ridges, which are the areas where the collagen has not been replenished. These ridges are caused by thin, damaged layers of skin next to normal layers.

    Will over-the-counter creams or prescriptions creams remove stretch marks?

    Most stretch mark creams are really nothing more than moisturising lotions which can be very ineffectual. Any cream, prescription or otherwise may improve the skin’s resiliency, but they will do little to remove the scars.

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