Stretch Marks

What Are Stretch Marks?

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks, also called striae, are a form of scarring that can appear in a number of ways; as red, pink or purple streaks that fade to white or silver, or as a series of indented lines. They are usually found on the stomach, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or shoulders.

Although more usually found on women, particularly during pregnancy, they can affect anyone whose body has gone through rapid changes. They are commonly experienced during puberty and the growth spurts experienced in adolescence, and body builders sometimes get them on their shoulders and chest with increased muscle gain.

What Are The Causes?

Stretch marks are caused by a tearing of the dermis, the middle layer of skin consisting mostly of the proteins collagen, elastin and fibrillin that give the skin its strength and flexibility. They can also be caused by the hormonal changes that are associated with rapid weight gain.

Other causes of stretch marks can be the use of certain medications, such as oral corticosteroids or topical steroids, or medical conditions such as adrenal gland disease. If you notice an excessive number of stretch marks appearing on your skin, we recommend visiting your GP for a possible diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

At NYLC+Medispa, we offer two different methods to treat stretch marks. The Dermapen uses multiple needles to penetrate the dermis, stimulating the body’s production of collagen and smoothing out the surface of the skin. Our Firmslim Lipo procedure combines infrared lasers, radio frequency and roller vacuum suction to penetrate into the tissue to lift the skin, removing the blemishes. Both treatments are non-surgical, quick and very effective.
Both procedures are virtually pain-free and the only side effect is a slight reddening of the skin that subsides within a few days.
Most patients see a great improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks after the first session, however additional treatments may be required to achieve the best results. Your skin specialist will discuss the number required during your free consultation.