Stretch Marks

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are scars of the skin after a period of rapid skin stretching that destroy the skin’s collagen and elastin bundles. This can occur during pregnancy, rapid weight changes or puberty. These scars are permanent and settle as hypo-pigmented lines.
Types of Striae

There are two main forms of stretch marks – striae rubrae and striae albae.

Striae rubrae is the acute form of stretch marks, showing early on as red or purple linear scars. These mature into striae albae, appearing as white, hypopigmented atrophic linear scars.

Striae Rubra
Striae Alba
Can Striae Be Treated?

Striae are a form of scars, and they can be managed to reduce the appearance of the scarring. The colour, depth, width and length of these scars can be managed and should be managed as early as possible to maximise outcomes.

Multiple modalities are available, and these revolve around

  1. Reduction in vascularity and redness of early striae
  2. Repigmentation of white, mature striae
  3. Collagen stimulation and scar tightening/remodelling
Topical Thearpy

Topcial products such as moisturisers, vitamin C and retins are used to promote collagen growth and scar healing.

Cosmopulse CO2 Laser​

The gold standard in scar managemnt, CO2 lasers can help remodel straie and repigment whitened striae albae.

Morpheus 8 Fractional Radiofrequency

Fractional radiofrequency is used to remodel striae, reduce its depth and tighten the loosened. scarred tissue.

Starwalker Laser System​

With the power of a picosecond laser and energy of a Q-switched laser as well a FracTAT fractional resurfacing capabilities, the Starwalker MaQX is capable of managing scars with little downtime and potent results.

Rejuran Polynucleotides​

Harnessing the power of nature, Rejuran employs the use of polynucleotides to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process.
Used in combination with other skin resurfacing techniques, Rejuran reduces downtime and optimises results for those who want the best outcome.

Inmode Lumecca IPL

As the strongest IPL on the market, the Lumecca IPL brightens skin tone while reducing unsightly pigmentation and visible vessels efficiently.

Forma RF

Performed as a regular radio-frequency treatment, it soothingly stimulates and tightens the skin without downtime.

The choice and combination of treatments depend on the type of striae present and is best decided after a thorough consultation.
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