Stretch marks are caused by rapid stretching of the skin, often from rapid weight gain from conditions like pregnancy. Stretch marks can also be affected by hormones, muscle building, weight fluctuations and puberty – what is more important to us at NoviSkin however, is how do we deal with the situation? To answer that, we need to understand what a stretch mark is?
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin, they appear as streaks on the skin from overstretching. They begin as flat red lines, and over time they appear as slightly depressed white streaks. They are often most common in/on:
- Abdomen (belly)
What causes Stretch Marks?
The precise mechanism by which stretch marks occur is unclear. There is a common consensus that damage to the elastic fibers of the dermis (the deeper layer of the skin) accompanied by inflammation which eventually result in scar-like changes.
These changes are most common in examples of excessive physical stretching of the skin:
- Rapid increase in body weight
- Excessively large breast implants
How can Stretch Marks be treated?
At NoviSkin we offer different treatment options based on a number of key factors.
- Location of the stretch mark
- How old is the stretch mark
- Desired result
- Quality of the skin
Younger stretch marks are often easier to treat and offer patients superb results. Older stretch mark treatments may involve more aggressive treatment options to achieve desirable aesthetic results.
What are your treatment options?
Treatments that are available but you didn’t know existed
These treatments are only considered safe once you have completed breast-feeding. We would base our treatment protocol on how recently you gave birth, to your expected outcomes and of course the quality of your skin.
CHEMICAL PEELS offer patients a treatment that removes the upper most layers of the skin and forces new unblemished skin to the surface. The treatment will involve a few visits to NoviSkin with gradual increasing concentration and percentage strength of the Chemical Peel. By removing the upper most layers of skin you slowly erode the scar tissue causing the stretch mark and replace it with new fresh skin. The ability of Chemical Peeling to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin in the skin will also help loosen the tight scarring causing stretch marks and relieve the visible symptoms.
FRAXEL™ is the go to treatment for older white stretch marks. You will require a few treatments to achieve a visual improvement but Fraxel™ is widely regarded as the best treatment option.
Fraxel™ resurfaces the skin with laser by pulsing microscopic columns into skin within the treatment area. The treatment does not treat the entire skin surface, which could create a large wound; rather it treats a fraction of the skin at a time. The skin zones then heals with the aid of untreated adjacent skin. This makes for a faster healing time.
Fraxel™ stimulates collagen and elastin production, which are key factors in loosening the tight scars caused by overstretch of the skin. This “new skin” will appear unscarred and unblemished.
CANDELA V-BEAM is a wonderful stretch mark treatment option for new red stretch marks. The V-Beam targets the red in the scars and when used in combination with homecare products and Chemical Peels offer a very good and cost effective treatment solution for stretch marks.
PRODUCTSM are a wonderful additional home therapy that your NoviSkin therapist will prescribe for you to continue or enhance your stretch mark treatment. Homecare products will help keep the skin hydrated and supple, both essential elements in breaking down the tight scarring causing the visible stretch marks.
DERMAPEN® is a medically engineered and developed skin needling device that utilises 12 surgical grade micro needles to deliver effortless and effective skin needling. Employing patented technology, the micro needles are encased in an ergonomic automated pen utilising Advanced Oscillating Vertical Needles (AOVN) technology.
For more information on your stretch mark treatment options, please call NoviSkin today and book your consultation.