Stretch marks can happen for a variety of reasons, particularly when people gain weight and then lose it, for example, during pregnancy. They often appear as indented streaks on areas such as the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs. At Skin Technique, we have treatments to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
What are Stretch Marks?
When the skin stretches too quickly, the collagen and elastin fibers that give the skin its elasticity can break, resulting in stretch marks. Despite their appearance, stretch marks are harmless and usually disappear over time. However, some people may choose to treat them to reduce their appearance.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Most people associate stretch marks with pregnancy, but a number of different factors can cause these markings. When the skin is stretched beyond its ability to elasticity, the collagen fibers break, resulting in small tears. These tears eventually heal, but they leave behind scars in the form of stretch marks. Some people are more susceptible to developing stretch marks due to genetic factors, but anyone can get them if the skin is stretched enough.
HALO™ Fractional Resurfacing
The Halo Laser is a revolutionary fractional resurfacing treatment at our Vancouver clinic that is used to treat some of the most common skin damage problems, including sun damage, aging, discoloration, uneven skin tone, scarring and the appearance of stretch marks.
We are one of only two clinics to offer the innovative Halo laser treatment in downtown Vancouver.
Microneedling with Radio Frequency Skin Tightening and/or PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
We recommend combining treatments such as microneedling with our radiofrequency skin tightening and our PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment for specific solutions to skin concerns, such as reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
Using precise needles, microneedling stimulates the replacement of surface skin cells, revealing young, glowing skin underneath, while RF Skin Tightening stimulates the body’s natural collagen. When we integrate PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to the mix, the growth factors cause an increase in tissue healing and overall skin rejuvenation.
Stretch Mark FAQ
Are stretch marks permanent?
When it comes to stretch marks, there are a lot of misconceptions out there. While stretch marks may be visible initially, they will fade over time and leave faint white lines. The best way to speed up the process is to keep the skin well-moisturized and utilize skin treatments like those listed above. Along with the solutions we provide at Skin Technique, applying lotion, oil, or cream daily can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and improve the skin’s overall health.
Can stretch marks go away with treatment?
For many people, stretch marks are a source of embarrassment and can be difficult to get rid of. While it is true that stretch marks will never completely disappear, several non-surgical treatments can help to reduce their appearance. For example, laser therapy can help stimulate collagen production, making the skin more resistant to stretching.
Topical treatments such as retinoids and glycolic acid can also help to improve the appearance of stretch marks by increasing collagen production and exfoliating the skin. Finally, regular massage can help break down the scar tissue that forms around stretch marks, making them less visible. While there is no cure for stretch marks, these non-surgical treatments can help to improve their appearance.
What permanently removes stretch marks?
In most cases, multiple treatments are necessary to see a noticeable improvement. However, with a commitment to treatment, it is possible to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and improve the skin’s overall appearance.