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STRIAE DISTENSAE – STRETCH MARKS IN CHILDREN

Linear, atrophic lesions that usually occur in women during adolescence or adult life.

stretch marks

Linear, atrophic lesions that usually occur in women during adolescence or adult life. They are caused by inheritance (not good skin elasticity) after pregnancy, use of cortisone, in Cushing syndrome or due to sudden height increase or weight gain. Stretching of the predisposed skin leads to skin “cleavage”, resulting in the development of lesions showing similar characteristics with those of atrophic scars.

They are usually symmetric and they tend to occur on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and breasts. They first appear as pink marks and gradually they become whiter. The target of treatment is to significantly improve their appearance so that they are not visible.

Management of Striae Distensae – Stretch Marks

Erythematous striae

  1. Special preparation is essential if skin has hyperpigmentation
  2. Long pulse PULSED-DYE and Long pulse Nd:Yag Lasers (4 sessions for most cases) to achieve discolouration and stabilisation and/or reduction of the size of the skin lesion

Through this treatment, apart from achieving correction of the colour of the skin, fibroblasts are activated, hence more elastin and collagen is produced and lesions appear thinner.

White stretch marks

  1. MICRODERMABRASION treatment sessions (6 – 12). As the treatment progresses higher intensities can be used. Treatment is conducted with the use of topical anaesthesia.
  2. Depending on severity 1-3 sessions with the FRACTIONAL CO2 LASER are conducted.

About the author:

Christofer Tzermias

Specialised in the UK (Oxford & London) and in North America (New York & San Diego) in the field of LASER Dermatology, Dr Tzermias, has been providing dermatological state-of-the-art treatments using cutting-edge LASER and Energy based Devices for over 20 years. He has been Director of Interventional and LASER Dermatology Department at the Athens Medical Center for over 18 years and for the last 9 years is the Scientific Director of IQ - Intensive Quality Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Clinics, which at the 2017 Healthcare Awards won the ‘Innovation Award for Innovative Services’ for their pioneering contributions. Since 2018, IQ Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Clinics has also been operating in London, UK and in Muscat, Oman. Dr Tzermias is a Fellow of the world-renowned American Society for LASER Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), a Founder Member of the European Society LASER Dermatology (ESLD), the Vice President of the ‘Open Health Alliance’ and he is also on the Board of Directors of Elitour - Greek Medical Tourism Council.

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