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