Stretch Marks Removal & Treatment
Stretch Marks Removal Treatment Sydney
Stretch marks appear when the deep layers of skin are scarred while the superficial layers of skin are in atrophy. There are two types of stretch marks. The early type is called Striae Rubra or red stretch marks, and the late stage is called striae alba or white stretch marks.
In the early stage, a particular type of skin cell (mastocytes) is damaged, causing the destruction of collagen and elastic fibres. The stretch marks are initially present as flattened, thinned skin with a pink hue that may occasionally be itchy. With further development, they usually enlarge, both length and width, and acquire a vivid reddish-purple appearance. The late stage will develop after additional 6-12 months, and the stretch marks assume a white sunken appearance with their long axis parallel to the lines of skin tension.
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Frequently asked questions
What is the microscopic appearance of stretch marks?
The microscopy of stretch marks shows us that the collagen and elastic fibres of the skin are more or less destroyed. This differs from normal skin, which has thick and larger elastic fibres which are regularly distributed.
Are there any predispositions to stretch marks?
Stretch marks are associated with conditions involving increased glucocorticoid production such as puberty, pregnancy, Cushing’s Syndrome and steroid use.
Are there any specific parts of the body predisposed to stretch marks?
They generally appear in the areas of mechanical stress, such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, breasts or groin.
How are the stretch marks treated?
We employ a combination of different methods such as peelings, laser therapy, fractional lasers, PRP, IPL treatment and specific creams.
How do the methods work?
Using the above-mentioned methods, we can activate the fibroblasts (skin cells) and subsequently increase both collagen production and elastin regeneration. This will lead to the elimination of both the redness and eventual improvement of the atrophic scars.
Are there any factors which influence collagen production?
production depends on the method of treatment as well as the type of skin and area of the body with stretch marks. A genetic predisposition for better collagen synthesis also plays an important role in obtaining the final result. The above-mentioned therapies can also enhance secretion of the growth factor from fibroblasts (skin cells) as well as stimulating other cells, leading to a better appearance of stretch marks.
What is the immediate reaction of the skin following treatment?
The reaction of the skin depends on the method used. Following medium depth peeling with TCA (trichloric acetic acid) you can have a temporary darkening of the skin, followed by a tightening of the skin and scaling. Following laser and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment, the treated sites will have faint redness up to a few days or weeks, but the mild redness is correlated with better improvement.
Do the treatments have any risks?
Occasionally hypopigmentation (white patches) or hyperpigmentation (brownish patches) can occur, but both will fade by themselves within 8-12 weeks. No scarring or other adverse events has occurred.
Is it painful?
No. Some patients experience a light tingling sensation. Like everything, the amount of discomfort varies from patient to patient and depends on the are treated. Most patients prefer to apply an ice pack for a few minutes before and after treatment.
What sort of an improvement can I expect?
After the third to the fifth session you will see that your skin looks noticeably healthier, the subcutaneous tissue is firmer and the stretch marks less visible.
How many sessions are necessary?
Between 5-10 sessions are necessary to improve the stretch marks. Ideally, they should be carried out every two or three weeks for the first two to three months, and then once a month for the next 3 months. Once the results are visible, we can space the treatment out every 2-3-6 months. The recommended timing of treatments will depend on how well your skin is responding. Each session takes about 20-30 minutes.
How long do the benefits last?
This depends entirely on you. If you choose to continue with the follow-up sessions every three to six months, the improvement will be more stable and longer lasting. On average, the improvement will last 6 months or more after 3-5 treatment sessions.
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation is $80, with a partial rebate through Medicare. The cost of each treatment will depend on the method used during the session, and varies from $200-$500.
Before & After
Dr Roberts’ extended experience in both the dermatological and surgical specialties has enabled him to develop a holistic approach in the cosmetic and beauty industry. His practice is focused on achieving natural looking beauty by the application of both surgical and non-surgical skills.