Stretch marks, medically referred to as striae, are a commonly seen problem. They can affect small or large areas of the body but most often occur on the thighs, hips, stomach, breasts, and arms. Both men and women can develop stretch marks. The textured marks can appear in shades of red, purple, brown, tan, or white, and they usually fade in colour with time. Even so, some stretch marks can be quite noticeable and some individuals can self-conscious about them and feel they want to conceal them.
Our experienced dermatologist, Dr Anne Farrell, utilises some of the most advanced laser technologies available, which are selected for their proven record of achieving results in stretch marks.
How do stretch marks develop?
A common problem for many people, stretch marks typically develop as a result of changes in body size, often due to weight gain or loss, pregnancy, or growth spurts. They can also occur after use of steroid tablets or creams. The marks form when the elastic lower layers of skin “tear”, allowing the skin to stretch and grow. Newly formed stretch marks are often more receptive to treatment than long-established marks, although both types often can be addressed with the latest techniques.
What treatment options can improve stretch marks?
Creams, lotions, and other topical products can be of some help. However, the most effective treatment for stretch marks remains lasers. Our state-of-the-art practice uses some of the most advanced laser technologies available, which are selected for their proven record of achieving results. To effectively minimise the appearance of the marks, treatment should be customised to best suit the person’s skin tone and type.
Dr Farrell will select one or more of the following devices based on your skin tone and type, condition of the stretch marks and cosmetic desires. A course of treatment is likely to be required and the best treatment plan for you can be discussed during your initial consultation.
- Fraxel® Laser
- Fractionated CO2/Fractionated Ablative Laser
- Pulse Dye Laser
- Fotona SPDynamis
- Fractora Laser
- Excel V Laser