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    Dr. Sarwar EXPLAINS

    Causes, Diagnosis,
    and Treatment of
    Stretch Marks

    At Skin Science Clinic, we provide consultations with Dr. Sarwar, who can help with bespoke treatment plans for stretch marks. Please email info@skinscienceclinic.co.uk or call 0207-108-4343 to book a consultation.


    Stretch Marks

    Dr Adil Sarwar - Founder of Skin Science Clinic UK

    Stretch Marks

    Everything You Need to Know

    Stretch marks are a common skin condition that affects many people around the world. They can appear as thin, pink or purplish lines on the skin and eventually fade to a silvery white colour. Stretch marks (Striae Distencae, SD) are visible linear scars which form in areas of dermal damage produced by stretching of the skin.

    Stretch marks are common atrophic dermal scars with significant physical and psychological effects. Although they rarely cause medical problems, stretch marks are considered a major aesthetic concern and have a negative impact on the self-esteem and quality of life of an individual. Many individuals seek treatment for stretch marks due to their appearance. We will discuss the treatment options, causes and diagnosis for stretch marks.


    Treatment Options At Skin Science Clinic London

    Although stretch marks cannot be completely eradicated, there are numerous treatment options available to enhance their appearance. At Skin Science Clinic, we proudly offer radiofrequency microneedling using our state-of-the-art Secret Pro machine. This highly effective treatment targets stretch marks by utilizing controlled micro-injuries created by tiny needles, which in turn stimulate the body’s natural healing response and encourage collagen production. Over time, this process results in improved skin texture and a noticeable reduction in the visibility of stretch marks.



    Secret RF System

    The Secret RF system represents a cutting-edge fractional RF microneedling platform with a distinct advantage – its ability to precisely administer RF energy at varying intensities and depths, tailored to address individual patient concerns and treatment areas.

    Rf Microneedling + Co2 Laser Treatment
    Affective Treatment for Stretch Marks

    This innovative system employs two types of single-use disposable needle tips: non-insulated and semi-insulated. The non-insulated needles evenly distribute RF energy along the entire length of the needle, delivering a controlled thermal effect throughout all layers of the tissue, from bottom to top. On the other hand, the semi-insulated needles focus RF energy at the needle’s end, enabling targeted treatment of deeper skin concerns while safeguarding the epidermis against thermal injury.

    This dual approach not only ensures patient comfort but also enhances safety, particularly for individuals with darker skin tones. By precisely targeting the epidermis and dermis, the system effectively addresses specific skin concerns, providing optimal outcomes for patients.

    Before & After Rf Microneedling + Co2 Laser Treatment on Stretch Marks

    Causes of Stretch Marks

    Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched rapidly over a short period of time. This can happen during pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss, puberty, or even from intense muscle building. Approximately 50–90% of pregnant women suffer from striae. When the skin stretches quickly, it can cause tears in the deep layers of the skin called the dermis. As the skin heals, scar tissue forms, which appear as stretch marks on the surface.

    Diagnosis of Stretch Marks

    Stretch marks are easily identifiable by their appearance and location on the body. They often occur in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and breasts. In some cases, we may perform a physical exam to confirm the diagnosis or rule out any underlying medical conditions.

    How to Treat Stretch Marks

    Based on clinical experiences, it is noteworthy that topical treatments only yield mild effects. The efficacy of creams and ointments with “specific ingredients” in providing significant and superior improvement compared to moisturizers remains questionable. Nevertheless, certain studies suggest that the severity of stretch marks can potentially be diminished through the topical application of emollients and moisturizers containing hydroxyprolisilane C, rose hip oil, Centella asiatica triterpenes, and vitamin E. In a prospective randomised, open trial, microdermabrasion has demonstrated comparable effectiveness to the daily application of topical 0.05% tretinoin cream in reducing the severity of early-stage stretch marks.

    Scientific evidence supports the notion that controlled damage or lesions, particularly in early striae, can effectively enhance their appearance. A pilot study conducted among Korean women demonstrated the efficacy of microneedling in improving both early and late-stage stretch marks. Further validation comes from a study conducted in South Africa and Germany, which showed significant improvement with one to four microneedling treatments.


    Book your one-on-one consultation with founder Dr Adil Sarwar
    at Skin Science Clinic, London.