What is a stretch mark?
Stretch marks or striae, are a form of scaring characterised with an off-white or pink colour. They are caused by tearing of the dermis, which over time may lessen but will not disappear completely.
How do we get Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes.
Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding and weight gain. PICTURE
Striae begin as reddish purple lesions or lines and over time will lose their pigmentation and will look white. They can appear over the stomach, breasts, hips, thighs and buttocks. They are rarely harmful but cause considerable emotional distress.
Stretch marks in Pregnancy
Stretch marks are often formed during pregnancy, usually during the last three months as the baby grows bigger. They are usually seen on the stomach, but also commonly on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks.
It has been suggested that due to the increased cortisol hormone during pregnancy, water absorption of the dermal connective tissues is increased, which causes the dermis to stretch and then tear. Picture
During consultation and assessment, we will need to observe the stretch marks and so advise you to wear comfortable clothing. Recommended treatment may be a course of the EndyMed 3Deep FSR(Fractional Skin Resurfacing), a course of the Genuine Dermaroller /Medical Needling (EDS) , peels or clinically proven evidence based topical applications of or a combination treatment plan.