WHAT CAUSES STRETCH MARKS?
Stretch marks develop upon rapid stretching of the skin during growth spurts, weight gain or pregnancy. The underlying reason for developing stretch marks is not completely understood however, the changes in the structure of the skin are identical to a scar. Therefore, stretch marks are a form of thin, flattened scarring.
There are three types of stretch marks:
- Striae Gravidarum are the stretch marks that occur due to pregnancy
- Striae Rubra describes early-stage stretch marks that are red/purple in colour
- Striae Alba refers to a mature stretch mark that may be silver/white in colour and have a depressed appearance
Although stretch marks do not pose as a risk to your health they can have an impact on self-esteem due to the visual appearance. Once stretch marks mature they will remain there unless treatments are undergone to revise and rebuild the skin tissue.
Treatment for stretch marks will include topical therapies, light-based treatments, and skin needling. All of these therapies work by encouraging collagen formation in the skin to rebuild are repair the degraded skin. A series of treatments of between 2-10 sessions will require for best results. Combining modalities to treat stretch marks will improve the final outcome.