Stretch Mark Treatment
- What is Stretch mark?
- Causes of the Stretch mark
- Treatments for Stretch mark
- How many Stretch mark treatments are recommended?
- What should I do before and after Stretch mark removal treatment?
- Does Stretch mark removal treatment have any side effects?
Stretch marks are seen mostly in women, but it could affect men as well and it may occur during various phases of life. Teenagers, both boys, and girls may develop stretch marks, especially during their puberty.
Bodybuilders are also prone to stretch marks on their shoulders from rapid muscle gain. This is the result of the muscle growing faster than the skin elasticity allows.
What is Stretch mark?
Stretch marks appear due to stretching of skin as a result of the expansion of underlying tissue. When your skin is overstretched the normal collagen and elastin (the major proteins that are responsible for the skin firmness and elasticity) production is disrupted which in turn forms stretch marks.
First, they look red or purple because of skin’s inflammatory reaction. When the inflammation fades away, it is replaced by scar tissue with white or silvery colour. With fingers, they feel like small ridges.
Causes of the Stretch mark
Stretch marks can occur due to a sudden change in hormones and growth related to puberty, pregnancy, weight gain or loss especially if it occurs in a short period of time. It happens due to rapid weight gain in a short time, and it usually appears on any part of your body where the extra fat is present. The size and number of stretch marks depend on the extent of weight you gain.
One of the most common causes of stretch marks in women is pregnancy. Pregnant women are more likely to develop stretch marks around their belly as the baby grows. More of new stretch marks occur with multiple pregnancies, but not all pregnancies produce stretch marks, which means genetic also plays a big role in whether particular women will get them or not.
Treatments for Stretch mark
VPL laser treatment, at Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic in Melbourne we use laser treatment for newly formed stretch marks. The longer wavelengths of the VPL Laser light penetrate deeply into the skin tissue, which in turn stimulate the underlying cells to produce extra collagen. The collagen moves to the skin surface, leading to a tightening of the skin and minimizing the look of your stretch marks.
Radio Frequency Skin needling is one the most effective treatment for stretch marks. The innovation of RF technology is in its ability to restructure the skin’s dermal collagen matrix. RF energy penetrates deeply into the dermis, without heating the epidermis, using tiny gold needles to carry the energy directly into the lower skin layers. The applied heat increases skin cell’s activity on the treated area, which in turn boosts collagen and elastin production to give you a firmer, and smoother skin texture and reduce the appearance of your stretch marks.
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that combinations skin exfoliation with slight suction. It stimulates collagen and elastin production by the fibroblasts and living cells at the basal layer of the epidermis. This effect improves cell turnover, blood flow and is ideal for reducing the appearance of stretch marks. It can also be used on face and body to reduce other types of scarring such as acne scars.
Applying topical cream or oil rich in Vitamin A and E in conjunction with above treatments will give you better result especially for newly formed stretch marks.
How many Stretch mark treatments are recommended?
Type and number of treatments depend on your skin type and the stage of your stretch marks. Everyone is different and responses will vary, however, improvements will be seen with every treatment by Stretch marks skin specialist in Melbourne. Please book for a consultation and we will discuss your treatment options.
What should I do before and after Stretch mark removal treatments?
Avoid direct sun exposure, spray tanning or sun beds for 6 weeks before and after your laser treatment and if you will be exposed to the sun, a high SPF sunscreen should be applied.
Avoid waxing or peeling or any kind of skin resurfacing for 2-3 weeks before and after the treatment.
Don’t do any heavy or sweaty workouts within 24 hours of the treatment.
Don’t apply any make-up to the treated area until swelling and discomfort are resolved.
Don’t have a hot shower for 24 hours after the treatment.
Treated areas should be cared for by gentle washing without scrubbing or rubbing.
Does Stretch mark removal treatment have any side effects?
Redness of the skin is to be expected. Immediately following your treatment you may feel a little sunburnt and the treated area may be red for a few hours. Clients with darker skin may notice the skin is darker after the treatment. This will gradually lighten over a period of about two weeks. Some clients may experience swelling after laser treatment, but this goes away within a few days.
A cool compress immediately after treatment will relieve any swelling or burnt feeling.
Applying a cooling gel such as Aloe Vera and Tea Tree can help but don’t use anti-inflammatory products which could interfere with the treatment.
Applying products rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, E and C can be helpful.