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?
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 achi