Stretch Marks: What are They and How to Treat Them

Posted on 11 Feb, 2021

Stretch marks are commonly associated with pregnant and post-partum women. Stretch marks, however, can be found amongst all types of different people, for several reasons. It is not unusual to see high-street retailers targeting these people with different treatment methods, so it can become confusing when considering how best to treat your stretch marks. You may be unhappy with how they look on your body, perhaps they appear in a place you would not like them to, or they have become irritating and have started to itch. For whatever reason you are seeking treatment for you stretch marks, with our expert understanding of skin, we can make clear what stretch marks are and how they can be treated.

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks simply occur when the skin is overstretched. They tend to appear in a scar-like manner, they initially appear as red marks and subsequently change colour overtime. When the skin is overstretched the production of collagen is compromised in this area therefore resulting in stretch marks. Typically, we associate stretch marks with pregnant women as their stomachs begin to grow with pregnancy however men and women can suffer with stretch marks for various reasons.  Stretch marks are usually found on the legs, hips, upper arms, chest, and bottom. You can identify them from their lines and stripes appearance.

Causes of Stretch Marks

There are various reasons why stretch marks will appear. These causes are all mostly associated with weight gain or sudden growth.

Some causes include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Puberty
  • A loss or gain in weight
  • Lifting heavy weights to gain muscle
  • Use of some steroid creams

To begin with you may notice stretch marks appearing as red or purple marks, overtime they may fade in colour, sometimes appearing as white marks. Although they will fade naturally overtime, treating stretch marks will help in dramatically reducing their appearance.

How to Treat Stretch Marks

Here at The Laser Treatment Clinic, we have over 20 years’ experience in treating stretch marks and an expert knowledge and understanding of skincare. We understand how your skin’s appearance can have huge effects on your confidence and self-esteem and we strive to help improve this across all genders and ages. Our expert team provide a range of in-clinic treatments for the appearance of both new stretch marks and fading stretch marks. We can treat all areas of the body including those you may feel the most self-conscious about, such as the abdomen, arms, and thighs.

Although our treatments will be tailored to your specific needs, these may include Our Collagen Induction Therapy with Radio Frequency Treatment, Marine Peel Treatment, and Intense Pulsed Light. These treatments are designed to effectively treat the outer layer of skin to improve the appearance of the redness, whilst enhancing collagen and elastin production within to stimulate and rebuild the skin’s texture. As well as our treatments we will recommend the use of our bespoke products from our Zaheda skincare line, for the healing, up-keep and maintenance of your skin. Contact us today for a consultation with a member of our team for a specially tailored treatment plan for your stretch marks.