Stretch Mark

Also known as Striae.

Stretch marks, as the name suggests, are due to stretching of the skin, which results in tearing of the deeper layer of the skin.

Early stretch marks is purple-red and may be itchy. Over time stretch marks lighten and develop a pale, wrinkled appearance.

Stretch marks are a cosmetic problem which may cause psychological stress to some people. In general, stretch mark does not disappear over time. Early red stretch marks respond better to treatment than older, white stretch marks.

Treatment Stretch Marks

White stretch marks can be very difficult to treat. Expect mild to modest improvement with multiple sessions. Treatment methods include:

Lasers - In old stretch marks, both fractional ablative and non-ablative lasers are more effective than pulse dye lasers. Fractional lasers work by stimulating and remodelling collagen and elastin. At best, this treatment will help to blend the affected and unaffected areas, potentially making them less visible. Three to five treatments may be needed to see some improvement.

What is the likely outcome of Striae?

The majority of stretch marks will improve over time, changing colour from red-purple to pink, then finally achieving a white wrinkled appearance.

Treating early stretch marks with laser treatment combined with vitamin A creams gives the best outcome