Stretch marks are extremely common lines or streaks on the skin which occur when there is a tear in the dermis alongside a loss of elasticity. These are common in both men and women and typically occur in rapid changes in weight such as pregnancy, weight gain or loss and bodybuilding. They commonly occur on the stomach, hips, thighs, back and breasts.
Stretch mark treatment is typically conducted through fractional laser skin resurfacing and medical skin needling (microneedling).
Fractional skin resurfacing uses a laser to break up scar tissue. The energy from the laser creates thermal destruction which stimulates the growth or new, health skin cells to replace the damaged one. With this treatment, the skin may appear pink for up to a week but any swelling should disappear after a couple of days. Results are often seen after just one treatment but a course of 3-5 sessions is usually recommended to see significant results.
Medical skin needling can also be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It works by stimulating the body’s own collagen production which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and stretch marks. A very small needle is used to create lots of tiny puncture wounds into the dermis to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
Cosmetic treatments can sometimes be conducted by people who may not have the qualifications or experience required for successful treatment. Before deciding to have this treatment, it is vital you do your research and go to a trusted clinic. At St. Michael’s Clinic, our experienced team has been providing these treatments for many years in our clinical setting. As St. Michael’s clinic is regulated by the care quality commission, you can be sure we have met the standard required for a medical clinic facility and that your treatment will be conducted by a professional in a high standard setting.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Results are often seen after a single session, however the most significant improvement is typically after 3-5 treatments. As your treatment progresses you will notice the colour of the stretch mark and scar diminish. Additionally, the texture of the skin will have a dramatic improvement leaving the area softer and smoother. The early stretch marks and scars, usually red in colour, notably have the most dramatic results, however all types of stretch marks and scars can achieve noticeable improvement. This technology is safe and effective with minimal side-effects It has a wide safety margin and minimal downtime.
Medical Skin Needling (Microneedling)
Also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy and Micro-Needling, this treatment is aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including the delicate areas around the eyes, mouth and neck. It can also be used to treat stretch marks, skin laxity and scarring such as that caused by acne or chicken pox.
Medical skin needling involves the use of a disposable, sterile SkinPen to create a multitude of tiny puncture wounds to the dermis which induces the release of growth factors that stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin.
After the procedure, the skin will be red and flushed, similar in appearance to moderate sunburn. There will also be some skin tightness and mild sensitivity. Visible signs of rejuvenation are seen after just 6-8 weeks following procedure and continue for up to a year.
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Why choose St. Michael's Clinic?
Here at St. Michael's Clinic, Shrewsbury's leading private skin and laser treatment clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are able to offer NHS patients a consultant led dermatology service from our three sites in Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Donnington (Telford).
St. Michael's Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Stephen Murdoch is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. We are part of the Dermatology Partnership, a leading group of dermatology clinics, defined by clinical excellence and focusing on leading dermatological care.