What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks (also known as striae) are essentially scars. The skin stretches, causing scarring in the deeper layer of the skin (the dermis), leaving the overlying superficial layer of skin (the epidermis) intact. This results in the appearance of narrow streaks or lines within the skin that are abnormal in colour and texture.
Why choose Centre Of Dental Excellence?
All Centre Of Dental Excellence doctors have years of experience in assessing and treating scarring and problems such as stretch marks. Our knowledge allows us to select the best treatment for you and avoid complications. We will advise on appropriate skincare and methods to reduce developing further stretch marks in the future. We use only the best quality products and will advise you through every step of the procedure. Your skin and your health is our priority.
The Science behind Stretch Marks
Our skin is composed of two main parts – the superficial epidermis and the deeper dermis. The dermis represents more than 90% of the total skin thickness and its main cell is the fibroblast. The fibroblast produces all of the structural components of the dermis, including collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are central to skin strength and elasticity, but diminish with age. Stretch marks form when dermal collagen fibres are stretched, disrupted or torn. The epidermis remains intact. The dermis then forms a scar and this is visible through the overlying thin epidermis. Stretch marks first appear as red or purple lines, gradually fading towards the paler shade of the normal skin with time. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, most commonly affecting anatomical areas where larger amounts of subcutaneous fat is stored i.e. the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, thighs, hips and buttocks. Stretch marks are classically linked with weight gain, growth spurts including pregnancy, hormonal changes and genetic predisposition.
How can Stretch Marks be treated?
Stretch marks are a difficult condition to treat. Things that can be done to improve their appearance are:
Maintaining a stable weight through a healthy diet and exercise program
Looking after your skin with good skincare products, massage gloves and body brushing
Things to consider…
Recovery after micro-needling depends on the needle length and the density of needles on the rollers selected. Treated skin will be inflamed and red for 24-48 hours, much like a sunburn, with some minor bleeding and occasional mild bruising. The skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short period. Generally, the inflammatory skin reaction is short and fades after a couple of days, although this recovery period does vary across skin types.
Although a single treatment can provide significant results, a course of 2-3 treatments every 6-8 weeks is recommended for optimal effects. It can also take anything up to 8 weeks before the visible signs of skin regeneration are seen and this may continue to improve and evolve over the following months, providing a steady gradual improvement in appearance.
These side effects cannot be prevented but we are fully trained to recognise and treat any additional issues early and safely.
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