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Stretch Marks

Silvery white lines that traverse the surface of the skin just like veins or arteries are called stretch marks. These marks often begin as red lines, however, they mature over time, changing to a silvery or white shade. Stretch marks are a result of the skin losing its elasticity due to stretching beyond its limit, and the body's natural collagen production is disrupted. A combination of lost elastin and compromised collagen production is the cause of stretch marks on the top layer of skin. It has been found that these lines tend to appear at key stages in human growth.  In particular, they manifest during puberty and pregnancy, but can also develop if there has been a significant change in diet or by beginning an exercise regime. Commonly thought to be an issue associated with weight gain/loss, it has been found that this is not an exclusive reason as there are many different body shapes and sizes that develop stretch marks.

Benefits:

  • Highly effective and safe

  • Dramatic reduction in the appearance of stretch marks

  • Possible to remove both older and new stretch marks

  • Boosts collagen production

  • Enables the skin cells to repair themselves

Prices:

                                           Single Session       6 Sessions

Dermapen                                    £120                   £600

Radiofrequency                            £75                    £375

Radiofrequency Needling           £120                   £600

Body Mesotherapy                      £150                   £750

HIFU                                             £700                     ---

FAQs:​

  • How stretch marks produce?

  • Blood vessel dilation causes the development of purplish-coloured early stretch marks when the collagen production in dermis is damaged. It is thought that inflammation and collagen disruption may result in hiding the regular production of melanin, or natural colouring. These are actually considered to be a kind of scar. As time passes this lack of melanin can lead to the white pigmented lines that we call stretch marks. It has also been suggested that stretch marks can be caused by an increase in production of a hormone circulating through the body called glucocorticoid. Produced by the adrenal gland, its production rises at key times, such as pregnancy, adolescence, when a person becomes obese as well as undertaking a weight-lifting regime.

Glucocorticoids affect the dermis or the second layer of the skin by arresting the normal production of fibroblasts which form elastin fibres and collagen. These two elements are necessary to the growth of firm skin. A dermal "tearing" follows due to a lack of sufficient the skin's supportive substance when it is being stretched beyond its limit to recover. It is a fact that some individuals tend to develop stretch marks more easily than others and the skin type may factor into this circumstance. As an example, it has been observed that as dryer skin has less elasticity than oily skin, it is more likely to develop stretch marks. Teenagers have a higher proportion of cross-lined collagen, and this can also lead to more easily formed stretch marks. That these lines or marks can occur due to abnormal collagen formation as a result of chemical interference with the normal production of collagen is another hypothetical cause of stretch marks.

  • What are the causes of Stretch marks?

    • Some medications like steroids for example cortisone

    • Excessive stretching of the skin during pregnancy, growth spurts or weight gain

    • Constant repetitive exercises by athletes and body builders

  • Which sites are the most common for development of stretch marks?

  • Stretch marks more often occur in women's bodies and are commonly seen on the thighs, hips, bum, breasts and pregnant abdomens.

  • What treatments are available?

  • Depending upon to the size of the area to be treated several unique treatments are available. It also depends on the type and maturity of the stretch mark and its severity. You will be seen in a personal consultation with an aesthetician before a treatment plan can be prescribed.  Among the more popular stretch mark treatments are Dermapen, Micro Needling, Radiofrequency (RF) treatment, RF with Skin Needling treatment and High Intensive Focused Ultrasound (HIFU).

  • How do Dermapen or Micro Needling treatments work?

  • The Dermapen contains a disposable needle that has about twelve microscopic tips. This needle oscillates at a very high frequency of approximately 110 revolutions per second. Tiny punctures are made in the skin as they make contact with its surface. An immune response ensues as a result of this minor trauma, which then leads to the creation of new and healthy collagen. At the same time, topical nutrients are introduced into the deeper layer of the skin through the punctures. As a result, no dermal tearing occurs.

  • How does Radiofrequency (RF) treatment work?

  • RF helps stimulate new growth of collagen in the dermis. It has been found to work very effectively in the treatment of stretch marks, as well as for acne scarring, and wrinkles. There is no pain noted. Patients experience primarily a warmness, however, this can possibly rise to that of a dull tingly feeling. It works by stimulating the collagen in the dermis. It uses bi-polar radio frequency to break through the top layer of the skin while leaving it undamaged. Stretch marks are attacked from the inside out during this treatment.

  • How does RF with Skin Needling treatment work?

  • The RF with Skin Needling device is non-surgical and rejuvenates the skin by stimulating new collagen production in the dermis. By delivering heat energy of radiofrequency to the dermal layer of skin, it is possible to achieve a firmer and tighter skin needed for stretch marks without any surgery.

  • How does High Intensive Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) work?

  • One of the most renowned and best stretch mark treatment methods is High Intensive Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). This device is a non-laser and non-light based aesthetic instrument which helps to stimulate new collagen growth in the dermis and works best for skin tightening and stretchmarks. This treatment is not entirely painless, but most clients have found it to be bearable. A dull tingling feeling will be sensed during the procedure. Afterwards, it is normal for the skin to glow and the client may experience a slightly irritated feeling for a few hours. This method works like the previous two by stimulating the collagen in the dermis.

  • Does it work for all skin types?

  • Stretch mark removal treatments work for all skin types.

  • How long does the procedure require?

  • The removal of stretch marks typically takes between thirty minutes to two hours, depending on the size and nature of the area being treated.

  • How many treatments will I need?

  • This will depend on your skin, the nature of your stretch marks, the cause of them and the chosen treatment method. However, for most procedures, we would normally recommend a course of 6 to 12 sessions. These should take place at 4-6 week intervals to achieve the best results. Naturally, our clinic can provide bespoke arrangements for treatments for you.

  • How long do the results last?

  • Depending on your age, lifestyle, and of course, your skin's condition, long-lasting results from your stretch mark treatment can be expected, although this can vary.

  • Am I a suitable candidate?

  • Fresh or new stretch marks will be easier to manage, and someone who has recently developed them is considered the ideal candidate.  However, mature stretch marks are also treatable. It is normal for older stretch marks to require a more intense procedure, and may take more sessions to achieve satisfactory results. We do not advise those who are pregnant or breastfeeding to undergo any cosmetic procedures. While there is no clinical data that shows treatment to be detrimental to the patient or the baby, we prefer to take a conservative approach and recommend having the treatments after your circumstances have changed.

  • What areas can be treated?

  • Some of the most common areas are the tummy, thighs and arms but most of the body will respond positively to treatments.

  • Is there any downtime?

  • Some clients may experience some downtime but this will depend on which treatment plan is determined to be the best for your skin.