Stretch marks are caused by the body’s growth exceeding that of the skin. They have a different texture and colour to the rest of the skin surrounding them, typically pink, purple, or a whitish-grey.
As the skin outgrows the body’s development, your flesh’s collagen and elastin become unable to keep pace. These proteins have a limited ability to stretch before they break and cause abnormal collagen development, leaving signs of damage in the form of stretch marks.
Stretch marks commonly affect pregnant women, bodybuilders, and obese people.
Dr. Adam Najem’s clinic provides three types of stretch mark treatment:
Skin needling (also known as DermaPen) encourages new tissue growth across those areas affected by stretch marks, utilising micro-fine needles to create microscopic holes.
This causes safe, low levels of physical trauma to create new elastin and collagen. The skin stays intact and is not damaged during this process.
Skin needling’s results tend to appear during the first month following the treatment. Generally, though, it can take between three and 12 months.
Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) is a regenerative treatment which revolves around your own blood.
The plasma, rich in platelets, is extracted and concentrated before being reinjected into the body. PRP triggers growth factors able to regenerate skin, repair tissue, and produce collagen.
PRP is non-invasive and painless, posing no risk of allergy or infection.
Fraxel Laser Treatment
This innovative laser-based treatment is available in two forms, according to the severity of your stretch marks. Dr. Najem will identify the right option for you during your free consultation.
Fraxel lasers generate thousands of miniscule zones of ablation within targeted parts of the body. Each zone tends to have the same diameter as an individual hair, and the treatment reaches the scars deep in the skin’s middle layer.
The lasers destroy scars and older collagen, while leaving healthier parts of the skin to regenerate and promote fresh collagen production.
Fraxel lasers can reduce the appearance of stretch marks by as much as 70% after around three or four treatments. Each of these tends to last approximately 25 to 30 minutes, and numbing cream is applied to the target area to minimise discomfort.
Fraxel lasers is effective on various skin colours and types.
Dr. Najem has worked with many patients requiring stretch mark treatment, across the three types available.
He has years of experience, and delivers transparent advice during your free consultation. Dr. Najem will examine your target areas and identify the most suitable option, based on your skin type, end goals, and expectations.
If you want to know more about stretch mark treatment, book your free consultation now.