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STRETCH MARKS – STRIAE DISTENSAE

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are linear atrophic lesions; skin scars, that is, with wrinkling, skin atrophy and with characteristics similar to those of atrophic scars. They are more common in adult women than in puberty, and areas affected are mainly the buttocks, thighs, breasts and the abdomen. They usually appear after a sudden weight fluctuation and are mostly symmetrical. Other conditions that can contribute to stretch marks are heredity – poor skin elasticity, a sharp increase in height, after pregnancy, after hormone replacement therapy or steroid medication. They may not be dangerous to our health, but they are unpleasant psychologically.

What Happens to our Skin:

The main reason why stretch marks are caused is the sudden stretching of the skin such as after an unexpected weight change, for example, after a pregnancy or a sudden growth spurt in height. What actually happens over time is that the skin loses its thickness and retains less collagen. This results in, the skin’s elasticity becoming particularly diminished and lesions such as stretch marks appearing.

Despite their clear visibility they are essentially formed in the dermis; the elastic middle layer of the skin, which is responsible for its elasticity and its formation.

The Colour of the Stretch Marks Reveals the Age and the Appropriate Way to Deal with them

The effective treatment usually involves a combination of therapeutic treatments that depends on the genre, colour, age, and the location of the stretch marks on the body.

Stretch marks first appear in pink to start with before gradually over time fading to a silvery-white colour. The best time to tackle them more effectively is when they first appear.

Newly formed stretch marks, those that are pink or reddish in colour, are more easily treated than white ones, the so-called “ripe” stretch marks, which have already become weakened the tone of the skin from its naturalness and needs more active treatment and most likely more sessions.

Dealing with Red Stretch Marks with Pulsed Dye LASER

The best possible therapy for the treatment of red, newly formed stretch marks is the Pulsed Dye LASER pulse LASER. In essence, this is a first-line treatment that makes discolouration, stabilization and harm reduction more easily achievable with results that are felt even after the first session.

The Pulsed Dye LASER administers pulses of light that specifically target red stretch marks to activate fibroblasts and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin while improving the colour and texture of the skin.

The number of sessions required is usually 2 to 6 sessions with one-month intervals.

To further improve and optimize Pulsed Dye LASER results, we also recommend the introduction of the new autologous Magellan® Tru PRP ™ Mesotherapy.

Treating White Stretch Marks Requires Synergy Methods

White, “mature” stretch marks require more effective treatment, and optimal clinical outcome results from a combination of RF Fractional Microneedling, Microdermabrasion and new Magellan® Tru PRP ™ Autologous Mesotherapy. The appropriate combination of methods depends on the type of stretch marks an individual has to deal with:

Particularly:

  1. Microdermabrassion – RF Fractional Microneedling – Magellan® Tru PRP ™ 
  • Number of Applications: 6 -12 sessions
  • Magellan® Tru PRP ™ is implemented in-between sessions
  • Results: Improves texture, skin colouring and appearance of stretch marks

 

  1. Carboxy Therapy – Magellan ® Tru PRP™
  • Number of Applications: 5-7 applications
  • Results: Improves texture, skin colouring and appearance of stretch marks

 

 

 

  1. The new Autologous Mesotherapy Magellan® Tru PRP ™ Enhances the Results

The new Autologous Mesotherapy Magellan® Tru PRP ™ plays an important role in the more effective treatment of all stretch marks. Also, depending on the method which it combines, it also offers:

  • Acceleration of the healing process
  • Tightening of the skin
  • Abrasion of and improvement of the appearance of the stretch marks
  • Improvement of texture and tonicity of the skin
  • Activation of the formed tissue
  • Collagen stimulation

It is recommended to apply the new autologous Magellan® Tru PRP Mesotherapy 1-2 times per year for further optimization of results.

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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