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Stretchmarks

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.

Stretchmarks

Treatment Options

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.

Morpheus 8 is a device that combines microneedling with radiofrequency heat energy to smooth and firm the skin. As the small needles enter the skin, the tips of the needles heat up with radiofrequency energy. This sends controlled heat energy into the upper layers of the skin and stimulates collagen production, thus tightening, firming and smoothing the skin over several months after the treatment. Morpheus 8 is safe for any skin type and can be used alongside other treatments such as dermal fillers.

BodyTite™ offers a safe and effective solution to lift and tighten loose skin whilst also reducing areas of unwanted fat. Common treatment areas include upper arms, sagging breasts, abdomen, flanks, buttocks and thighs. The FDA-approved devices utilise radiofrequency energy delivered via a thin cannula to heat the tissue to a specific temperature. This heat energy causes contraction of fat and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to lift and tighten the skin. Using accurate temperature and energy sensing, we are able to monitor the treatment and ensure that we consistently deliver excellent results.

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