About Stretch Marks and Scars

Mesotherapy, Medical Microneedling, PRP Therapy, Chemical Peels, and Cosmeceuticals can all be used to improve stretch marks and scars.

Stretch marks or striae are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (common in puberty) or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy). Although the skin is usually fairly elastic, when it's overstretched, the normal production of collagen (the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin) is disrupted. As a result, scars called stretch marks may form. At first, stretch marks may show up as reddish or purplish lines that may appear indented and have a different texture from the surrounding skin. Over time stretch marks will become less noticeable but unfortunately they will not disappear.

Other potential causes that have been associated with the formation of stretch marks include

  • Genetics
  • Diet
  • Hormonal changes
  • Topical use of hydrocortisone creams or oral corticosteroids (e.g. Cushing syndrome)
  • Inherited connective tissue disorders (e.g. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome)

Scars are areas of fibrous tissue. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process following injury which involves breakage of the skin.

This collagen scar (fibrous) tissue alignment is usually of inferior functional quality to the normal collagen randomised alignment. For example, scars in the skin are less resistant to ultraviolet radiation, and sweat glands and hair follicles do not grow back within scar tissue

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