Stretch Marks can ruin confidence
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are a form of scarring in the skin.
Stretch marks occur when collagen fibres in the lower layer of the skin (Dermis) are stretched, ruptured or torn, and the damaged collagen fibres turn into scars. These scars are visible through the intact top layer of the skin (Epidermis) and are colloquially referred to as stretch marks.
The collagen fibres are ruptured when the dermis has to stretch or shrink rapidly.
They can form anywhere on the body but are more common on areas where large amounts of subcutaneous fat is stored, or areas that grow fast during growth spurts or pregnancy. Most common areas are the breasts, upper arms, stomach, hips, thighs, buttocks, upper legs and back.
What treatments are available?
Reduction of stretch marks can be performed with Microneedling & Mesotherapy.
Patient results and treatment experiences may vary.
Microneedling & Mesotherapy for Stretch Marks
Stretch mark scar tissue presents as thick bundles of scar collagen, causing uneven skin. Microneedling produces controlled micro-injuries which lead to minimal superficial bleeding and set up a wound-healing cascade with the release of various growth factors. The needles also breakdown the old hardened scar strands and allow it to re-vascularise, promoting smooth, ‘ideal’ lattice network of collagen and a reduced appearance of the stretch marks.
We are also able to offer the Stretch-M mesoceutical by HIKARI to be used in conjunction with microneedling treatments, designed specifically for stretch mark reduction.
Stretch-M increases the production of collagen and elastin, with peptides to ensure the collagen is unified in length and diameter, and to encourage rejuvenation of the intercellular matrix, and encourage healing post-injury.
This treatment can be performed every 4-6 weeks.
Downtime: redness and some flaking for a few days.
Cost of the treatment from £125
Find out more about Microneedling here.
Find out more about Mesotherapy here.
CO2 Fractional Laser Treatments for stretch marks
CO2 Laser treatments require some downtime, but the results do not compromise. Excellent for treating scarring and stretch marks.
CO2 lasers emits a beam of Carbon Dioxide laser light that is absorbed by water molecules within the targeted skin tissue. The energy from the laser light heats up and vaporizes the water in the cells causing the cells to break apart.
- epidermal ablation: the removal of a fraction of the outermost layer of the skin, achieving resurfacing of the skin and a resulting reduction in scar tissue.
- thermal energy delivery: which stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that helps maintain skin’s firmness and elasticity.
Co2 laser treatments can be used most places on the body. We recommend at least 6 treatments for scarring and stretch marks.
Full Face rejuvenation or resurfacing of scarring: £250 per treatment
Scar reduction on a small area (for example cheeks): £150 per treatment
Scar Reduction on a large area (for example tummy stretch marks): £300 per treatment
Find out more here.