We have three layers of skin: the epidermis (outer layer), the dermis (middle layer), and the subcutaneous stratum (innermost layer). Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the resilient middle layer that helps the skin retain its shape. When the dermis is constantly stretched over time, the skin becomes less elastic and the small connective fibres within it break. The result is what we know as stretch marks.
Pregnant women aren’t alone in being susceptible. Adolescents experiencing growth spurts and athletes – especially bodybuilders who practice strenuous and repetitive exercise – are likely to get stretch marks, as is anyone who gains or loses a significant amount of weight in a short period of time.
Treating stretch marks has always been a very difficult task. When stretch marks first appear they look pinky-red and slightly raised. They then increase in length and acquire a dark purple colour and over time, become white and flat. The latest proven technology to improve and reduce the appearance of stretch marks includes; Ablative and Non-ablative Fractional Laser, Skin Tightening and Microneedling treatments.
More and more people are opting for stretch mark removal in order to regain skin confidence. At The Laser and Skin Clinic we take pride in offering the latest proven technology to achieve the best results. Whatever the age and size of your stretch marks, our skin specialists can help to significantly improve the appearance of your stretch marks with a wide range of FDA approved treatments.
Depending on the size, depth and colour of your stretch marks, a combination approach may be best for superior results. This is when we use multiple technologies and skin treatments over a period of time. Our skin experts will discuss a combination treatment plan in the initial consultation.