A stretch mark or stretch marks are a common problem faced by both men and women when they are stretched by rapid growth such as pregnancy, extreme weight gain or loss, or even growth spurts in your teenage years. Some skin types are more susceptible to stretch marks than others as skin does not bounce back
These stretch marks (known as striae) are often red or purple in colour initially and then usually become silver or white over time. They can appear on the tummy, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or lower back.
There are a number of treatments that promise to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Click on the individual treatments for more information.
Topical creams; many creams and gels promise to remove or reduce stretch marks, but their effectiveness is doubtful. Keeping the skin moisturised works better as a preventative measure in terms of stretch marks.
Carboxytherapy; micro injections of carbon dioxide are placed just beneath the surface of the skin which stimulates circulation and collage production.
Dermaroller; the body’s own collagen product is stimulated which will improve the appearance of any form of scarring. This procedure is becoming increasingly popular in clinics.
Laser skin rejuvenation; the resurfacing action of these laser treatments claims to improve the appearance of stretch marks, but it won’t remove them totally.
Microdermabrasion; the surface of the skin is removed and new collagen growth is stimulated. This won’t remove the stretch marks totally, but will improve their appearance.
Cosmetic surgery; this only really works on the tummy if you have a large amount of loose skin as well. A tummy tuck will remove that excess skin and fat and obviously any stretch marks present on that excess skin will also be removed.