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Stretch Mark Removal

Stretch Mark Removal

Stretch marks (striae) are a type of scar that occurs when rapid tearing of the dermis stretches collagen fibres. Able to affect all skin types, conditions and colours, stretch marks may appear as red or purple lines that fade to a white / silver colour. As stretch marks are a condition of the dermis, the superficial application of moisturiser to the epidermis has little effect in prevention or reduction. However, stretch mark removal is not impossible. Australian Laser & Skin Clinics provides a range of treatment options for effective removal of stretch marks, including skin needling and Laser Skin Therapy (LLLT).

The Causes of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks occur when the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching. Although our skin is fairly resilient, when it’s overstretched, the normal production of collagen is disrupted. As a result, stretch marks can form. A number of causes promote the formation and appearance of stretch marks, with the main causes being:

  • Rapid weight gain or loss / Rapid body growth during puberty
    Stretch marks may occur during various phases of life, but usually start in young teens going through puberty. As the body grows and expands, we experience stretch marks as particular parts of the body such as breasts and hips grow and the skin can only stretch so much. When people gain weight, the skin is overstretched and the collagen in the skin is changed. This results in the formation of stretch marks.
  • Pregnancy
    Medically known as striae gravidarum, ninety per cent of pregnant women get stretch marks due to the rapid growth of the baby causing the abdominal area to stretch. This usually occurs in the third trimester, as the abdominal skin is forced to accommodate the growing uterus. Some pregnant women also develop stretch marks on the breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs.

Stretch marks often vary in colour and can be anywhere from a few centimetres to a few inches long. They most commonly appear on:

  • Abdomen
  • Breasts
  • Upper Arms
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Buttocks

Stretch Mark Removal and Treatment

Stretch marks can be effectively be treated at Australian Laser & Skin Clinics with a multi-treatment programme that’s designed to help with stretch mark removal. All treatments are performed by paramedically trained skin clinicians or registered nurses.

Options include:

Skin Needling

Skin needling has been performed for many years, and can be used safely for stretch mark removal. Skin needling is based on acupuncture and uses a specialised device that differs in size to accommodate the areas and concern being treated. The process encourages the production and distribution of new collagen that will progressively remodel the stretch mark, greatly reducing its appearance.

Laser Skin Therapy (LLLT)

LLLT promotes rapid skin repair and renewal without heat or discomfort, making it an ideal procedure to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Emitting a gentle beam to affected areas, LLLT works within the skin to naturally stimulate a healing response. Promoting cellular renewal and collagen, uneven texture and raised tissues start to repair, aiding stretch mark removal.

Contact us to learn about stretch mark laser removal costs.

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