Stretchmarks are a very common problem for many women and men. Whilst they are harmless most people regard them as unsightly. Stretchmarks can be a source of great embarrassment as they often develop on readily visible areas and they are very difficult to camouflage. They are a type of scarring in the skin and are difficult to treat but newer laser and needling treatments offer great hope.
Recent stretchmarks appear as flat or slightly raised lines in the skin that are pink or red in colour and may be itchy. As stretchmarks mature they tend to become longer and purple, then over time become white and depressed below the surface of the skin. Stretchmarks occur as a result of a breakdown in the structures that provide the skin with strength and elasticity and under a microscope resemble scar tissue.
The exact reason some people get stretchmarks and others don’t is unknown, but hormonal factors combined with lateral stretch of tissues when body areas increase in size is important. They are much more frequent in women and affect a high percentage of pregnant women. Obesity and rapid weight gains like in bodybuilders are related. Some develop them in adolescence as part of normal growth spurts whilst others on certain medications like steroids have a higher incidence.
The commonest areas for stretchmarks are the thighs, buttocks, breasts and upper arms in women and outer thighs and lower back in men. With pregnancy abdominal stretchmarks are common especially with larger babies and twins.
Many treatments have been tried over the years and there are a lot of myths surrounding treating and preventing stretchmarks. No matter what treatment approach is used the earlier the treatment the better the results and hence red stretchmarks respond better than white stretchmarks.
Results vary and are not immediate but are progressive as the aim of the Laser is to stimulate collagen and this takes time. A series of treatments is always needed and in our hands we find about 70% of people getting Laser treatment for stretchmarks get a significant improvement. We cannot always predict who will do well but we do know:
It can vary with the type and severity of stretchmarks, individual response and level of improvement desired but expect with REVLITE laser 6-12 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, and with the FRAXEL or INFINI 4-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
REVLITE treatments cost between $150-$300 depending on how many areas are being treated and FRAXEL and INFINI about $600 per treatment. Packages are available for stretchmark treatments as a series is needed for the best result.
Before and after images are presented purely as a reference point of the results that can be achieved. Everyone is unique and outcomes will vary and realistic expectations need to be discussed on a case by case basis.
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