Stretch marks are actually a form of scarring, leaving ridges on the skin. They are not a health risk in themselves, but can be very unsightly and therefore distressing for the sufferer.
They are caused by damage to the dermis and are often as a result of the skin being stretched e.g. through pregnancy or weight gain, which pulls and stretches the skin beyond its elasticity. Experts say that 75% of women develop stretch marks to some degree during pregnancy.
Stretch marks first appear as reddish or purple lines, but tend to gradually fade to a lighter shade. The affected areas appear empty and are soft to the touch.
Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored, e.g.: abdomen, breasts, upper arms, back, thighs, hips or buttocks.
Dr Barbara Kubicka works closely with a number of patients offering bespoke stretch mark treatment.
Depending on the site, size and scale of problem, a number of treatments may be offered or combined to treat the condition. For example:
Treatment is highly effective without the cost and safety risk of surgery.