Stretch Marks Removal Treatment
What are stretch marks?
Our skin is a remarkable organ. While it is strong and elastic it can be damaged if it is stretched too much or too quickly — resulting in stretch marks. Initially a stretch mark may appear red or purple in colour because the tears that occur during the formation of the stretch marks allow the blood vessels to be more visible. As the stretch mark ages, it will fade somewhat to a white or silvery appearance, but the stretch mark will never fully disappear if it goes untreated.
About 90% of women get stretch marks during pregnancy but they may also occur in men and teenagers going through growth spurts — in fact any age or gender may be affected by stretch marks. Sudden weight gain or weight loss and certain adrenal conditions may also lead to stretch marks. Fortunately, there are several effective treatments for reducing the appearance of stretch marks to make them less visible or noticeable.
Treatments for stretch marks:
We offer two core treatments for the reduction and eradication of stretch marks:
Retin-A (Retinoic Acid)
Retin-A is tretinoin or retinoic acid, a derivative of vitamin A that works to improve the texture and overall appearance of stretch marks. The treatment works best with new stretch marks and will still reduce the appearance of older marks, but the improvement may not be as dramatic.
Retin-A works by exfolliating the outermost layer of the skin’s surface, so some redness and dryness may occur during the process. We will recommend a moisturizer to improve skin hydration throughout the process. Our office has developed a specific application technique to apply Retin-A used which may limit the amount of irritation you experience. The appearance of stretch marks will improve over the course of a few months, but they will not be eliminated entirely.
You will need to protect your skin from the sun for the duration of the treatment period. As many body areas prone to developing stretch marks are often covered in clothing, for some this may not be an issue. However, if the treatment area will be exposed to the sun, it is critical to apply a sunblock containing either titanium or zinc. Both of these contain a physical sunblock agent that provides the best overall UV protection for your skin.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding we DO NOT recommend the treatment because Retin-A and other vitamin-A-derived chemicals have been associated with birth defects.
Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Microneedling treatment is performed with a mechanized device with a cartridge containing a series of tiny needles that penetrate the top layers of the skin. When combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) the two work together to speed up the reduction of visible stretch marks.
The tiny needles create “micro channels” in the skin, through which various serums or your own Platelet Rich Plasma may be infused. These ‘micro injuries’ work to stimulate the skin to produce new collagen by creating new cartilaginous fibers to repair those that are disrupted by the micro needling process.
After micro needling, your own Platelet Rich Plasma may be applied to the treated area. The PRP treatment extracts autologous growth factors essential to collagen remodeling and skin rejuvenation. These growth factors penetrate into the microchannels created during the microneedling process and jumpstart the healing and repair process.
Along with the use of microneedling, the PRP gives your skin an added stimulus to boost collagen production along with the use of the nutrient-rich platelets — making for a powerful combination to eradicate the appearance of stretch marks.
Want to know more about removing stretch marks?
Please contact us to make an appointment and we can help you create a customized treatment program.