A woman with stretch marks on her belly considering stretch marks removal treatment

Stretch Marks Removal

Striae (stretch marks) are long, narrow streaks or lines that occur on the surface of the skin as a result of stretching of the skin associated with rapid expansion of body size and weight. Stretch marks are often red or purple to start with and gradually fade to a silvery white colour.

Stretch marks can occur between 18 to 40 years of age. 7 of 10 females and 4 of 10 males develop stretch marks in their life time.

Stretch marks can appear as a result of:

  • Pregnancy
  • Puberty
  • Rapid weight gain or body building
  • Rapid weight loss
  • A disease in which the body produces excess of a certain steroid
  • A generic disorder when the faulty gene affects the connective tissues, including skin, it weakens the body tissues and affects its ability to stretch
  • Overuse of skin creams containing steroids

For people with a darker skin tone, the marks appear to be silvery or lighter than their natural skin colour once these begin to fade.

Those who have fairer or lighter skin tone, the marks will have a pinkish colour.

Treatment for stretch marks

People these days are extremely conscious of the way they appear. Stretch marks removal is one of the most common post-pregnancy complaint we attend to. The various treatment options for removing stretch marks are:

  • Use of anti stretch mark creams
  • Microneedling RF
  • Fractional CO2 and 585 nm pulsed dye LASER done every 2-3 weeks – LASER treatment for stretch marks removal is gaining increasing popularity. It is non-invasive and painless and gives good results
  • Fractional Radiofrequency
  • Mesotherapy
  • Chemical Peeling

Usually striae (stretch marks) are only a cosmetic problem but can be a huge reason for stress especially in young adults. But the good news is, with all the latest advancements, stretch marks can be very safely treated and significantly reduced.