Stretch marks are linear scars on the skin resulting from rapid stretching. They usually appear as pink, red, or purple lines that fade to a lighter color over time.

The formation of stretch marks occurs when the connective tissue of the skin, known as dermis, is stretched beyond its ability to maintain its shape. When this happens, collagen and elastin, the proteins that provide elasticity to the skin, become damaged and can no longer maintain their normal structure. As a result, the surface of the skin develops thin, irregular lines – stretch marks.

Stretch marks are a common skin problem that affects both men and women. They can appear on any part of the body where the skin has been stretched, most commonly appearing on the abdomen, chest, hips, thighs and buttocks. Although they do not affect our physical health and are not painful, they can cause emotional distress and affect self-esteem, especially for ladies.

There are several factors that contribute to the development of stretch marks, including gene, hormonal changes and rapid weight gain or loss. Pregnancy is also a common cause of stretch marks in women as the skin stretches to accommodate the growing baby. Similarly, rapid growth during puberty can cause stretch marks to form.

There are different types of stretch mark removal methods, including creams, lotions, chemical peels, laser therapy or microneedling. Laser therapy and microneedling are minimally invasive stretch mark treatments that can help stimulate collagen and elastin production, thereby improving the overall appearance of the skin and significantly reducing the size of stretch marks.

Treated in time, while they are still red in color, they can be almost completely removed. The older and paler the stretch marks are, the more difficult and long it is to erase them.

What is the procedure

Stretch mark removal at AestheLine Dermatology Clinic is performed using a radiofrequency microneedle system. Vivace is such a type of combined system that combines the capabilities of microneedling with radiofrequency waves. The principle of action is based on the penetration of the gold-plated microneedles at a precisely selected depth, controlled by a precision motor and the parallel emission of radio frequency from the needles of a certain duration and power. The stretch mark treatment procedure stimulates collagen and elastin by destroying the abnormal tissue, and this helps to restore the normal architecture of the skin.

Stretch marks – removal and how the procedure proceeds

Before the start of the procedure, the areas to be treated are numbed with an anaesthetic cream. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then clean the skin and proceed to its treatment using the tip of the device. Each area is treated 2 to 3 times, and collagen-stimulating serum or platelet PRP serum can be applied if necessary. The procedure ends with the application of a restorative cream.

The total duration of the stretch mark removal procedure, along with the time for pain relief, depends on the area treated and averages about 60 minutes.

What is the recommended care after the procedure

After undergoing a stretch mark removal procedure, it is essential to follow proper aftercare instructions to ensure optimal results and minimize complications.

  1. Avoid sun exposure and use a high SPF sunscreen for a minimum of 2 weeks to protect the treated area.
  2. Keep the treated area clean and hydrated to promote healing.
  3. Avoid any activities that may cause friction or irritation to the treated area, such as swimming or exercise until the skin has fully recovered.
  4. Refrain from using any aggressive skin care products, such as exfoliants or acne treatments, on the treated area.
  5. Follow any additional specific instructions provided by your dermatologist.

What is the recommended number and frequency of stretch mark removal procedure

The recommended number and frequency of treatments for stretch marks vary depending on factors such as the size and depth of the stretch marks and the individual skin’s response to the procedure. Multiple sessions are usually required to achieve optimal results, with most patients needing 3 to 6 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.