Stretch marks, also known as striae, occur when the dermis (a thick, inner layer of skin that exists beneath the epidermis) is torn to an extent that the skin’s collagen fibres are significantly stretched. It’s a type of scarring that can affect all types, colours and conditions of skin, typically appearing as red or purple lines in affected areas of the body.
There are numerous causes of stretch marks. The most well-known is pregnancy, but stretch marks can also form due to:
Stretch marks typically form in certain areas of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, hips, thighs and upper arms.
Generally, you’re at an increased risk of developing stretch marks if you:
Stretch marks are not dangerous. Many people who seek treatment for them do so because they’re considered aesthetically unappealing.
While the visual signs of stretch marks might fade over time, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever be completely rid of them. At Laser Skin Solutions, we can help you speed up the process of reducing the physical appearance of stretch marks with a number of treatment options.
The most common treatment options for stretch marks include skin needling and Low Level Laser Therapy, both available at Laser Skin Solutions.
This acupuncture-like treatment option is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy and involves using an implement that creates multiple microscopic punctures in the affected area of skin. These punctures induce the natural production of collagen in the skin, in turn helping to reconfigure the formation of cells in the stretch mark and as a result significantly minimise its visual appearance. The number of treatments required will depend largely on the size and severity of the stretch marks, and treatments will be appropriately scheduled to give the skin enough time to recover.
Your Laser Skin Solutions medical practitioner will apply a low energy laser beam to the affected area of skin. This process induces a natural healing response which involves the production of new collagen and skin cell renewal, aiding in the reduction of stretch marks. Again, the number of treatments required will depend on the nature of the stretch marks being treated.
While there is no medical need for stretch mark removal, it is certainly beneficial for regaining self-confidence, especially after giving birth or experiencing a rapid loss of weight. To find out more about treatment for stretch marks, contact the professionals at Laser Skin Solutions today.