Stretch Marks or Striae

Stretch marks [striae distensae] are characterized by wide linear bands of discoloured or wrinkled skin that occurs in areas of collagen damage due to stretching. Striae are usually found on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and breasts. Women develop striae more commonly than men, and striae are seen in 90% of pregnant women due to a combination of hormonal factors along with increased stress on the collagen and elastin in the skin. Some studies indicated that striae are a form of scar tissue that forms in response to collagen rupture and elastic fiber changes. Two types of striae are described, newly formed, reddish coloured “striae rubrae” and older, white “striae albae.” The treatment of striae distensae has been challenging and various modalities have been studied. Although striae are thought to be a result of collagen rupture and breakdown during stretching of the skin, until recently, few treatments actually targeted the root cause of the striae formation, the damaged collagen in the dermal layer. Furthermore, laser and light modalities are not safe for individuals with darker skin tones.

Consultation

Consultation with one of our therapists will take place before the appropriate treatment course is recommended.

Skincare Products

Home care products to enhance and maintain skin condition pre and post treatments.