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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.