Stretch marks Treatments

Stretch mark treatments At A Glance

  • Best Results2-5 treatments
  • Treatment Recovery0-3 days
  • Procedure Time10-30 min
  • Skin SpecialistDermal therapist, nurse
  • Duration of ResultsYears++
  • AnaestheticNumbing cream
  • Back to WorkImmediately
  • Cost$-$$

Stretch marks Treatments

Stretch mark removal is one of the most commonly requested treatments. This page will reveal the truths and myths regarding stretch mark cures, and prevention. More than half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks- prevention and early management with lasers is the key to minimising stretch marks. Early stretch marks are easier to treat old stretch marks.

FactsFacts on stretch marks

  • Stretch marks occur when the skin receives uncontrolled expansion
  • Pregnancy, puberty & growth spurts, as well as weight lifting can cause stretch marks
  • Weight loss may also cause stretch marks
  • Early stretch marks are red, pink or purple
  • Late or old stretch marks are white, silvery or papery in feel
  • Early stretch marks respond well to lasers & creams
  • Old stretch marks can respond to fractional skin resurfacing
  • Having a treatment plan, especially during pregnancy is the key to prevention

What causes stretch marks?

Stretch marks occur when the skin cannot cope with the expansion or reduction of weight. This rapid change results in breaking the organised bonds of collagen and elastin. These substances form the scaffolding of the skin. Once broken, stretch marks can occur.

What kind of lasers can be used for stretch marks?

Stretch mark removal is one of the most confusing conditions to treat, as most laser companies will have ‘some miracle treatment.’ This is not so. We have access to over 14 lasers, however only a handful of treatments will make any difference to stretch marks.

Early stretch marks- red, pink, purple lines are the best to treat, as they respond very well to vascular lasers. My favourite laser is the V Beam Pulse Dye laser.

Old stretch marks (white and papery stretch marks) can respond to RadioFrequency treatments or Fractional Lasers such as CO2, Erbium, LaseMD or Fraxel.

The best lasers include the GentleLase Pro and the Pulse Dye Laser 595 or V Beam Prima or Perfecta by Syneron Candella. This targets the vessels in early red/pink/purple stretch marks, and can remodel collagen, making stretch marks less visible in colour, width and length.

Older stretch marks are white and are devoid of blood vessels (hence they do not have a pink-red look to them). They are much harder to fade. A series of 3-4 treatments will be required. Results are extremely variable- the most important being your own body’s response to collagen stimulation. My favoured laser is the Fraxel, LaseMD, Mixto laser, eCO2 or CO2 CORE Fractional laser. Tixel is another sensible fractional device that is good for older stretch marks

Can microneedling treat stretch marks?

Yes. Simple microneedling can improve stretch marks. You can do this at home with a 0.2 to 0.25 roller from eBay or Amazon. Choose a 256 or 512 needle device. I have done many Instagram & YouTube videos on how to DIY microneedle safely. The main points are-

  • Needle length does NOT need to be deep with stretch marks
  • Maximum of 0.25 mm
  • Provide traction & counter- traction when needling
  • Conduct every 2-4 weeks
  • Best for old stretch marks

Obviously microneedling is not as effective as targeted lasers as controlled heating (required for maximal collagen stimulation) is not achieved with microneedling.

Once your gains have plateaued, book an appointment with my clinical staff for options such as RF microneedling, Tixel or one of many lasers we employ for stretch marks.

Does stretch mark removal hurt?

No. I use a special laser that cools the skin prior to delivery of the laser beam. Treatment feels like a rubber band flicking on your skin- slightly uncomfortable for a second or two, but very well tolerated.

If Fraxel or CO2 CORE is used I apply a special cream called 23/7- this makes treatments painless.

Davin’s viewpoint on treating stretch marks

This is one of the most frequently requested treatments for a laser specialist . If they are early red stretch marks– you will receive a noticeable reduction in colour, length and width of your marks. If they are old white stretch marks, variable responses can be expected. I either use the Fraxel laser or the eCO2, CO2 CORE, or LaseMD 1927/ Fraxel for white or papery stretch marks. The best results are obtained if I treat stretch marks as early as possible. Microneedling with or without PRP is another option, as is Tixel skin fractional treatments.

A stretch mark reduction plan, especially when you are pregnant is the optimal method- once you deliver, we can laser the stretch marks, and if you have a C section, we also laser the scar line. Combining creams such as Stratamark, retinoids with laser delivers the best outcomes.

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