Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are irregular areas of skin that look like bands, stripes, or lines. Skin is flexible and stretchy, but collagen production can't keep up when it is quickly stretched. This causes tearing of the dermis layer of the skin, leading to scarring.

It is common for these scars to occur during pregnancy, called Striae Gravidarum. These Stretch lines appear as streaks of red or pink at first; over time, they become silvery white scar-like in appearance. Striae gravidarum may be slightly depressed and have a different texture than normal skin. This type of scar can occur anywhere, but it is common on the thighs, hips, and stomach.

Types of Stretch Mark

  • Striae Rubrae: Pink / red marks
  • Striae Albae: White / Silver marks

Striae Rubrae

When Striae gravidarum are first formed, they are pink or reddish and indicate overstretched skin. The epidermis typically flattens and loses its texture. Collagen fibres thicken and become more densely packed, arranging themselves in a more perpendicular or parallel pattern. The number of elastic fibres also decreases.

Striae Albae

Over time Striae gravidarum become scar-like, irregularly shaped and white/silver in colour. Some may even develop a fine wrinkly texture. Progression from Striae Rubrae to Striae Albae is gradual and can take several months to years. Stretch lines can become more prominent as you age and lose skin elasticity.

RF Microneedling for Stretch Marks

Even if you use oils and moisturisers, stretch lines can still develop regardless of your precautions.

Complete stretch mark removal is not possible. However, some treatments can help to reduce their depth and size by creating new collagen structuresRF Microneedling is one of the best treatments available.

RF Microneedling for Stretch Marks at Setsuko Beauty is effective as we use the Focus Dual. This RF Microneedling device supplied by Lynton Lasers has the latest technology to provide effective treatments to reduce the visibility of scarring.

Treatments for Scarring

RF Microneedling

  • Setsuko Beauty uses Lynton Focus Dual
  • Collagen and Elastin production
  • Superfine Needles to reduce discomfort
  • Smoother Skin surface
Stretch Marks