Stretch marks are a common concern among many adolescents and adults. Known as striae, stretch marks are indented streaks that appear on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks. Stretchmarks can fade over time, but in most cases, they do not disappear completely. Although they are harmless and painless, many people dislike the way they look and seek treatments to remove them or reduce their appearance.
If you are concerned about the appearance of stretch marks, here are seven safe and trusted treatments we recommend.
What are stretch marks and what causes them?
Stretch marks are long, thin streaks that occur on the skin as a result of sudden growth or weight gain. This abrupt growth causes the skin to overstretch, resulting in the collagen and elastin proteins in the dermis to break down or tear. These tears on the surface of the skin allow blood vessels below the dermis to show through, which is why fresh stretch marks often appear red or purple.
When the blood vessels eventually contract, the pale-coloured fat underneath your skin will be visible, and your stretch marks will change to a silvery-white colour.
Where do stretch marks occur?
Stretch marks can occur anywhere where the skin has been stretched.
They usually affect areas where fat is stored, such as:
- Upper arms.
- Shoulders (in bodybuilders).
Sometimes stretch marks can develop on the back, overlying the spine horizontally, particularly in teenage boys.
When do stretch marks occur?
- During pregnancy.
- After rapid weight gain.
- During puberty.
- If you have a family history of stretch marks.
- If you have an underlying health condition, such as Cushing's syndrome or Marfan syndrome.
- After long or inappropriate use of corticosteroid medication.
What are the best stretch mark removal treatments?
Stretch marks can't always be prevented, especially in circumstances such as pregnancy, but most stretch marks aren't particularly noticeable and will fade over time. However, if you have unsightly stretch marks, or if they affect a large area of your body, there are several effective treatment options available.
Because stretch marks are caused as a result of damage to the collagen structure in the skin, treatments that help rebuild collagen are deemed as most effective. Treatments that help boost collagen production, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks include:
Advanced microneedling treatment that helps stimulate collagen to encourage fresh, rejuvenated skin cell growth, smoothing and tightening the skin.
Laser skin resurfacing for stretch marks, an advanced skin rejuvenating treatment that targets damaged cells in the deeper levels of the epidermis.
Microneedling treatment helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks by stimulating the production of collagen.
A popular microneedling technique that uses a network of microscopic needles which are gently rolled over the skin to trigger new collagen production.
Laser skin resurfacing for stretch marks that targets the surface of the skin, encouraging skin cell regeneration and collagen production.
Rejuvenates the skin by utilising targeted carbon dioxide injections that improve circulation and can help to repair damaged skin and stretch marks.
A targeted microneedling technique that uses a stamping device with microscopic, often in conjunction with AQ Recovery Serum.
Stretch mark removal treatments at EF MEDISPA
EF MEDISPA has been offering pioneering aesthetic treatments for the removal and reduction of stretch marks for more than a decade now. We pride ourselves in providing only the most effective, personalised treatment programmes to target every individual concern. Our highly experienced team of Therapists are trained up to the latest industry standards to offer you the best quality of services and optimum results. Our friendly and knowledgeable Treatment Coordinators will discuss every concern you might have and find out the most suitable solution to successfully address it.
If you are concerned about stretch marks on the body, the above treatments listed are the most effective, and have given us amazing results over the years. To discuss your stretch mark removal treatment, book a consultation today.