Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are an extremely common problem. They are a form of scarring on the skin that occurs with disruption  of the underlying dermis. Initially stretch marks assume a reddish-purple hue that fades to a pale scar as it matures. Many stretch marks fade significantly, but very rarely disappear spontaneously.

Stretch marks are often the result of rapid stretching of the skin associated with sudden growth during pregnancy and weight gain. Their appearance is also dependent on hormonal changes and certain drugs, such as the chronic use of steroids, may make an individual more prone to developing these blemishes.

Stretch marks can occur on almost any part of the body but are most commonly found on the abdomen, breasts, flanks and upper thighs.

At Cardiff Cosmetic Clinic, we are completely focused on you as an individual and will always strive to give you a natural-looking end result that exceeds your expectations and makes you feel confident about your appearance.


The benefits of using Dermapen™ for the treatment of Stretch Marks

Many individuals find stretch marks unsightly and would like to have something done to improve their  appearance.

The Dermapen™ offers an effective solution to this problem. This 30-minute treatment employs the use  of micro-medical skin needling to create columns that are approximately 0.1mm in width to penetrate  the skin dermis and thus allow the body to regenerate naturally and repair the skin, working in the dermis, thereby tackling the problem at its roots.

Skin needling is a safe and precise procedure that does not require the removal of healthy epidermis  which means that it offers a rapid healing time and does not cause any comparable pain. The procedure  produces collagen layers on a scale similar to laser therapies.


Types of Stretch Mark Treatments

Skin needling using the Dermapen™ is one of the most effective available treatments for stretch marks.

After an initial consultation with your practitioner, if it is agreed that you will benefit from the Dermapen™ Therapy, local anaesthetic is applied to the affected area in order to numb it; the anaesthetic is then allowed to work over the course of 30 minutes. The actual dermapen procedure takes 20-30 minutes and is virtually painless.

Following the treatment, a soothing cream is applied and should continue to be applied at home for the next couple of days. For the first 24 hours post-procedure, the affected area will look red and may be  slightly swollen (very similar to the appearance of mild sunburn). This is the normal expected result and is not painful.

Although significant results are often seen following the first treatment, your practitioner will generally recommend between three and five treatments for optimum and long-lasting effects.

This treatment is contra-indicated in the presence of active acne and if there is a tendency to form  hypertrophic or keloid scars.


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