Stretch marks are lines that appear on the surface of the skin. They are often seen around the stomach, buttocks and thighs and can be pale, pink, purple, red or brown in colour. They form due to rapid stretching of the skin which tears the middle layer of the skin (the dermis). Stretching of the skin can happen during a growth spurt, pregnancy or rapid weight gain. Stretchmarks are not harmful and do not tend to cause any symptoms. There are, however, a number of treatments that can improve the cosmetic appearance of stretch marks.
The over-production of pigment in scars is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). At the Dr Tatiana Clinic, we treat PIH by reducing inflammation, blocking the production of new pigment and accelerating the shedding of existing pigment. This is best done using topical skin products containing evidence-based ingredients such as vitamin A and C, hydroquinone and glycolic.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is the injection of your own blood plasma, that is rich in platelets and fortified with vitamins and nutrients, into the skin. The injection of PRP stimulates skin repair, therefore tightening and plumping the skin. After injection of PRP, a microneedling pen is passed across the skin surface to create tiny wounds in the skin and stimulate skin repair, thus helping to remodel stretch marks into healthy skin.
Pulsed-Dye Laser (PDL) is a safe and effective treatment to reduce scar redness. The laser specifically targets haemoglobin within the vessels, heats the haemoglobin up and closes the blood vessels. We recommend a course of 4-6 sessions to permanently treat scar redness.
The principle of skin resurfacing is to inflict a controlled injury to the skin; the injured skin then repairs and creates new collagen, elastin and skin hydrators. This process converts stretch marks into healthy skin.