A stretch mark or striae is a type of linear, curved or horizontal scar that develops when our skin expands or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the rupture of collagen and elastin fibres in our skin. These fibres support and maintain the firmness and elasticity of our skin. When these are broken down, they result in stretch marks.
Stretch marks may develop during:
Growth spurts that happen in puberty
Rapid weight loss or gain
Rapid muscle growth during weight training in gymnasiums
Stretch marks can show different colours depending on the age of the scar. The early stretch marks may appear red and the late stretch marks may be white.
There are various procedures which can help to improve the stretch marks.
Microneedling Radiofrequency (MNRF)
Some creams are also prescribed as add on treatment to enhance the results. One may need months of treatment to see visible improvement in their stretch marks.
As stretch marks are caused by damaged collagen, these types of procedures help in the rebuilding of collagen or induction of new collagen fibres. These help in the remodelling of the scar and reduction of stretch marks with multiple sessions.
The procedure is done after the application of numbing cream which anesthetise the skin. There is minimal pain during the procedure and the person can resume his normal activities after the procedure.
Though the person may feel the improvement with in a session or two. Multiple sessions to the tune of 6-8 may be required for visible satisfactory results.
The time required depends on the area to be treated. 60 -90 minutes may be required for each session including the time required for numbing cream to act.
There are no side effects of the procedures. There is mild redness, swelling and crusting after the procedure that stays for a few days. There is no post-procedure pain.
Once the stretch marks have been removed or made quite better, they typically do not come back. However, if the conditions that originally caused the stretch marks in the first place come back, the creation of new stretch marks is possible. Similarly, if the patient is planning for another pregnancy, the procedures should be done after the pregnancy as this can cause new stretch marks to appear.
The treatment is non-invasive (non-surgical) with virtually no recovery time necessary; a person can resume your normal duties immediately after treatment
Comfortable and painless treatment sessions.
Improved appearance of stretch marks with each session.