Both women and men can suffer from stretch marks. They’re caused when the skin is stretched very quickly. While stretch marks do not pose any health risks, they can be a cosmetic concern for some people, affecting body confidence.
At Dr Haus Dermatology, our highly qualified practitioners offer non-surgical treatments for stretch mark removal in London to help you get rid of unwanted stretch marks.
We frequently use laser stretch mark removal, which has been proven to be highly effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks. We also use radiofrequency as an alternative stretch mark removal treatment at our clinic in Harley Street, London.
If you’d like to find out more about stretch mark removal, get in touch to book an initial consultation today.
Stretch marks are long, reddish lines that appear on the skin and which may then turn white over time. They are known medically as striae. Stretch marks are often associated with rapid weight gain, and pregnant women often experience them — although anyone can get stretch marks.
Stretch marks may be more noticeable in people with darker skin because of the higher melanin content in their skin.
Stretch marks occur when your skin is stretched very quickly and the skin cells cannot grow as fast. The damage that can be seen is formed in the middle layer of the skin, which is known as the dermis. While the stretching skin may not be painful, the stretch marks themselves are actually scars.
Many women will develop stretch marks during their pregnancy as a result of the rapid expansion of the skin during this time.
While stretch marks are often associated with pregnancy, both men and women can get stretch marks from sudden weight gain. Another group of people who are prone to stretch marks are bodybuilders if their muscles bulk up too quickly.
Once formed, stretch marks can be difficult to eliminate entirely. However, there are still a number of effective ways to treat stretch marks, to make them less noticeable.
Our Dermatologists have years of experience using lasers for stretch marks as well as radiofrequency at our London skin clinic. We find both to be suitable treatment options for all skin types.
Laser energy therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses focused beams of light to target and break down the scar tissue responsible for stretch marks. Lasers used in dermatology deliver a controlled wavelength of light, to heat up target structures such as stretch marks, but do not damage the surrounding tissue.
The heat and light from the laser will activate a healing process that will eventually lead to the growth of new collagen in the skin, which reduces the overall appearance of stretch marks in the treated area.
Laser treatment can be effective for both new and old stretch marks, and it typically requires several sessions to achieve the desired results. Laser treatments may not make old stretch marks disappear completely, but they can help to improve their appearance.
Lasers have been used for many years at our London skin clinic to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. There are two main types of laser treatment options, and ablative laser treatment is more commonly used for stretch mark removal as it penetrates the skin’s layers more deeply.
Ablative laser treatment in London is often used for laser stretch mark removal. It makes microscopic holes in the dermis or outer layer of your skin, so they can target damaged cells deep in your dermal layer. An ablative treatment such as with a Co2 laser will involve a longer healing period but will produce superior and longer-lasting results.
Non-ablative lasers work by creating heat in the skin without injuring the surface. They are unable to penetrate as deeply as ablative lasers. A non-ablative laser will often be used by Dr Haus or his colleagues to stimulate collagen production. At our skin clinic, we often use it in combination with another treatment to treat different skin complaints in one appointment.
Radio frequency treatment is a non-invasive procedure that uses electromagnetic energy to heat the deep layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and improving skin texture and appearance. While it is commonly used for facial rejuvenation, it can also be effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
During a radio frequency treatment for stretch marks, a handheld device is used to deliver radiofrequency energy to the affected area. The energy is absorbed by the skin and causes the collagen fibres in the skin to contract and tighten, leading to a reduction in the appearance of stretch marks.
Radio frequency treatment is typically performed in a series of sessions, and most patients see improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks after just one or two sessions.
To learn more about the treatments we offer to improve the appearance of stretch marks or to book a consultation with Dr Haus, please telephone us on +44 20 7935 6358, send us an enquiry on the Contact Us Page or email [email protected].
Dr Haus Dermatology is located at Number 75 Harley Street, between the junctions of Weymouth Street and New Cavendish Street, our spacious and modern clinic is home to the latest technology for treating skin complaints.
Dr Haus Dermatology
75 Harley Street
London W1G 8QL
Tel: +44 20 7935 6358