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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks (striae) initially appear as red or purple superficial scars that over time become sunken and white in colour. Rapid stretching of the skin results in damage to the supportive framework under the stretch mark. Microscopically the collagen and elastin foundation becomes thinner and broken. Because stretched skin is more transparent, small blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface are initially more visible resulting in red or purplish marks. Over time these blood vessels contract and the purplish colour fades to white.

Stretch marks often appear on the abdomen and breast during pregnancy or on the back during the adolescent growth spurt. Rapid weight gain and bodybuilding can also cause stretch marks on the upper arms, thighs and chest.

Pulsed dye lasers have been shown to improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially if red or purple in colour. The energy from the laser is absorbed by blood inside the veins under the stretch mark, which collapse and are absorbed. The purple or red colour is usually considerably reduced and often disappears altogether but a white stretch mark may remain.

Because pulsed dye lasers do not damage the outer layer of the skin, little discomfort is felt during treatment and normal activities can be resumed immediately.

Clinical trials have recently shown fractional lasers can lead to considerable improvement in older white or silver stretch marks.

Fractional laser resurfacing only treats part of the skin leaving uninjured skin around the treatment site that acts as a barrier promoting quicker healing and faster recovery. The Er:YAG pixel laser uses a matrix of microscopic laser beams each the size of a human hair to drill into the stretch mark leaving much of the surrounding skin undisturbed. Because nearby cells are not damaged they are able to move into the microscopic injured area and promote rapid healing. The stimulation of a healing response leads to the formation of new collagen in the treated area. In addition to this ‘ablative’ effect on the skin’s surface, there is a ‘tightening’ effect on collateral collagen fibres and a resulting smoothing effect.

Our expert medical team has in excess of 20 years laser experience and have completed more than 100,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners. To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, staff at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworthy.

Price
Cambridge Skin and laser Clinic can advise you on the correct treatment for your skin. Prices start from £85 per session. Call now to arrange a free consultation with our experts

Please Note: Prices quoted are per session and are an approximate guide only. If you require a more accurate pricing prior to consultation, please contact us directly.

Although laser treatment may seem expensive, one must bear in mind the enormous acquisition and maintenance costs of the laser devices.

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