Stretch Marks Treatment – Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide & Gold Coast
Stretch marks a problem for you? Talk to the team at Cosmos Clinic for all your stretch mark treatment options.
Quick facts about Stretch Marks
- Stretch marks are difficult to treat. A multimodal approach is best.
- You can achieve up to 80% improvement with the use of Vaser Skin Tightening, Fractional Laser and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
- For more modest improvements with less downtime, patients can opt for a Dermapen with Platelet Rich Plasma treatment.
- Cost varies from : $660 to $4,400
- In some instances the stretch marks may be so bad that the skin is very loose and thin. In this instance, the best way to treat the area is to cut the skin out with a Tummy Tuck or Arm Lift.
Treating Stretch Marks
Treating stretch marks has always been a very difficult task. When stretch marks first appear they look pinky-red and slightly raised. They then increase in length and acquire a dark purple colour and over time, become white and flat. Stretch marks are caused by abnormal collagen formation and all the treatments used at Cosmos Clinic are aimed at improving the collagen fibres in your skin.
At Cosmos Clinic we use four modalities to treat stretch marks. These new treatments have resulted in significant improvements in the appearance of stretch marks. Most often they are used together, which is referred to as a multimodal approach.
Patients wanting a non-surgical option are able to combine the Dermapen with PRP. For this treatment option you will generally need 2-3 treatments spaced 1-2 months apart to achieve the best possible results.
Patients wanting a more invasive option, with up to 85% improvement, are combining Vaser Skin Tightening, Fractional Laser and PRP. For this surgical option you generally only need one treatment for a marked improvement in your stretch marks.
1. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that contains a high concentration of platelets which activate collagen production in the skin. At the start of this treatment we take a small amount of your blood, put it in a test tube and then spin it in a centrifuge. As your red and white cells fall to the bottom the platelets contained in your blood rise to the top in the form of a golden liquid. This substance that is referred to as PRP is your plasma which is made up of platelets that are rich in growth factors. When these growth factors are injected under the skin they stimulate the stem cells which induces collagen formation, thereby tightening the skin.
2. Dermapen / Dermaroller
Also known as skin needling, this treatment stimulates new tissue formation through the use of micro-fine needles on areas of skin with stretch marks. Microscopic holes are made into the dermis, which stimulates the production of new collagen and new cell growth. The skin remains intact and is not damaged therefore promoting constructive regeneration. This treatment is most often used in combination with PRP.
3. Fractional Laser
One of the most exciting applications of Fractional Lasers is for striae (also known as stretch marks). A recent pilot study of 20 patients showed significant improvement in the appearance and texture of mature (white) striae after 3 treatments were performed on moderate settings. Redness in the treated areas does seem to persist a little longer on the body than in the face, however this fades in time.
The Fractional Laser works by increasing the number of collagen and elastin fibres. Patients report a greater than 50% improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks.
4. Vaser Skin Tightening
Another emerging treatment for improving stretch marks is by using Vaser Skin Tightening. Although this technology was originally designed to tighten the skin, recent trials have shown promising results for reducing the appearance of stretch marks. At Cosmos Clinic we use Vaser to improve stretch marks on many of our patients who have poor quality skin with great results!
A Vaser Probe is passed under the skin to heat up collagen fibres inducing the formation of new collagen. The formation of new collagen helps the skin to contract.
Stretch Marks Treatments – at a glance
Why is it so hard to treat stretch marks?
The truth is that we don’t know what exactly causes stretch marks. The theories include genetic factors, increased levels of body steroids, and mechanical effects like pregnancy, obesity and weight lifting. When we look under a microscope stretch marks look like a scar. Therefore, the best way is to treat scars is with a multimodal approach and so we apply the same treatment plan to stretch marks.
What are other methods of stretch marks treatment?
Several other treatment methods that help mildly improve the appearance of stretch marks:
- Vitamin A (tretinoin cream) helps improve stretch marks when they are red;
- Trofolastin cream (centella asiatica extract) has been shown to help prevent stretch marks in pregnant women; and
- Verum (Vitamin E, panthenol, elastin and methanol) has also been shown to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
It is worth noting that once stretch marks have formed, they need to be treated with procedures tailored for stretch marks for there to be any significant visual improvement.
How soon after pregnancy should I wait before treating my stretch marks?
We advise the treatment combination of PRP with the E-Dermastamp/ Dermaroller two months after delivery. The use of Laser Skin Tightening with PRP and Fractional Laser is advised after 6 months. It is important to be aware that the sooner the stretch marks are treated after pregnancy the more likely they are to respond to the treatment.
Stretch Marks Treatments Costs & Prices
Stretch marks treatment costs and prices vary widely depending on your overall situation and expectations. Initial consultation is between $120 – $220 . As a guide, PRP combined with Dermpen and Fractional Laser prices range from $750 and can be bought as a package. Vaser Skin Tightening with PRP and Fractional Laser prices starts from $4,400.