Stretch marks are naturally occurring lines or streaks that appear on the surface of the skin. They can develop as a result of the skin stretching or expanding, more specifically when the middle layer of skin, the dermis, expands beyond the limits of its elasticity. When this happens, the dermis tears, allowing a deeper layer of skin to show through. Stretch marks are common amongst both men and women.
• Rapid weight gain
• Puberty stretch marks
• Medical conditions
• Orticosteroid cream
Whilst stretch marks aren’t a health issue, some can be particularly severe in appearance, leading to lower self-confidence and battles with body image. They can’t necessarily be ‘cured’, but their visibility can be diminished with an effective, non-surgical treatments such as PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy.
a non-invasive practice which utilises your body’s built-in healing abilities, using activated platelets to stimulate skin recovery and the production of collagen. A small amount of blood is drawn from your arm, just like a typical blood test, and is then placed into a specialist machine which centrifuges and purifies the sample. To reintroduce the beneficial elements at a deeper level, hundreds of tiny channels are created by microneedling the skin (a topical anaesthetic is applied beforehand, so this process is painless). The platelets are then applied over the microchannels, sinking deep down into the skin and initiating repair from within.
The microneedling is especially important for stretch marks, as the tiny holes created trigger a healing response in the skin. The channels created are so small that they will naturally repair within hours, if not minutes. This process encourages your body to produce collagen to repair the skin.
What is particularly effective about coupling this with PRP Therapy, however, is that whilst the skin’s natural healing process is working, the healing capabilities of the platelet-rich plasma acts as a double agent, accelerating the repair with it’s seven growth factors and further encouraging the production of collagen. This works to essentially replace the stretched, damaged or dead skin cells, resulting in fresher skin. In some cases stretch marks all but disappear, but all clients of PRP Therapy for stretch marks will benefit from a reduction in the severity and appearance of scars.