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Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

stretch-marksStretch marks appear when the skin is stretched too strongly, too quickly. They often occur on the tummy in pregnancy, on the back during a growth spurt or after intense muscle-building training. You might have noticed that stretch marks initially look red, but later spontaneously change to flesh colour or slightly lighter (silvery colour).

Stretch marks are essentially little tears or scars in the skin tissue and are a very stubborn condition to treat. As with any scar, it’s likely that they won’t disappear completely with treatment. However, in more than 80% of patients we can reduce the stretch mark width and make them significantly less obvious.

We treat stretch marks with carboxytherapy. That means that we superficially inject tiny amounts of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) directly into the stretch mark with a tiny needle. The injected medical CO2 gas makes your skin ‘think’ there is an oxygen deficit and it responds by increasing blood flow to the skin and regeneration of tiny blood vessels in the skin. This will with time allow more oxygen and nutrients to reach the skin, which leads to improved elasticity, skin regeneration and tissue remodeling.

Carboxytherapy is not a one-off treatment, but needs to be performed six to twelve times, each two to four weeks apart.

stretch-marks-before-afterFor even better results, carboxytherapy sessions can be alternated with Growth Factor Needling (GF Needling). When moved over the skin, the sterile needle pen’s (DermaPen) ultra-fine needles create microscopic punctures in the skin. These intentional, standardized ‘injuries’ induce thousands of tiny, controlled wound-healing responses, which lead to increased collagen production and tissue remodeling.

In order to further enhance the benefits of the medical needling session, we combine the procedure with infusion of an advanced growth factor (GF) solution (‘GF needling’). We use a highly effective, sterile solution containing a potent mix of various growth factors, to further encourage collagen and elastin production. This treatment is performed after the application of a numbing cream.

Growth Factor Needling is best performed in six-week intervals, so you could alternate two or three sessions of carboxytherapy with one session of GF Needling each. To arrange your first session, call our reception on 020 7118 9500.

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