Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016

stretch marksStretch marks are long, narrow lines that develop on the skin as a result of a sudden stretching of the skin and are extremely common.

They can also differ in colour from the surrounding skin especially at first – looking slightly reddish or purple – although they tend to fade with time to a silvery white line.

Stretch marks are essentially scar tissue left after the skin has been stretched quickly and significantly. That is why they they are associated with pregnancy, where the skin is put under incredible pressure due to the rapidly expanding tummy area. However, the problem is not unique to  women – it can also affect men and is associated with puberty, obesity, rapid weight gain and body building.

Stretch Marks – Key Facts

  1. The prevalence of stretch marks ranges from 40-90%, depending on race, age and sex
  2. Both sexes are affected by stretch marks
  3. Around 70% of girls and 40% of boys develop stretch marks during puberty
  4. Stretch marks often appear after the 25th week of pregnancy and are more common in younger pregnant women
  5. Common areas for stretch marks to arise include the abdomen, breasts, hips, flank, buttocks and thighs

Stretch Mark Treatments

Medical News Today says:

“There is no high-quality evidence to support the use of topical preparations in the prevention of stretch marks during pregnancy.”

While oils, cocoa butter and the like are helpful in soothing itching and helping with dryness, they have been shown to make little difference to the development of stretch marks. However, MNT says:

“Advances in laser technologies and ongoing research mean that the future looks bright for developing effective treatments for stretch marks.”

Treatments for Stretch Marks

A number of laser, cosmetic and beauty treatments show promise for treating difficult stretch marks:

  1. Microdermabrasion – shown to improve skin contour irregularities with significant improvement in early stretch marks.
  2. Laser therapy – safe and effective reduction in the appearance of both red (early-onset) and white (late-stage) stretch marks
  3. Dermaroller – microneedling to stimulate collagen production and improve stretch marks

These treatments are all available at Cosmedics’ Putney Beauty Salon with trained therapists.

When to Start Stretch Mark Treatment

These treatments are not recommended during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and wish to reduce the likelidhood of stretchmarks, the most valuable advice is to try eat healthily in order to aim for a slow and gradual weight gain, putting the skin under tension from rapid weight gain.

Putney Beauty Salon

Cosmedics’ Putney Beauty Salon offer a range of advanced hair removalface and body treatments using the top of the range technology such as the CACI Ultimate, EDS Dermastamp and Guinot Hydradermie. Their Beauty Therapists are fully trained and qualified to use the powerful technology and offer an extensive choice of customisable options.

For further information, to book an appointment or for any queries, please call our friendly team on 0208 246 4861.

Cosmedics Beauty, 4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DS