Stretch marks are a form of scarring. They are caused by tearing of the dermis. Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (common in puberty) or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy or muscle building).
Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the resilient middle layer that helps the skin retain its shape. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored.
The hormones that are responsible for the development of stretch marks affect the epidermis by preventing the fibroblasts from forming collagen and elastin fibres, necessary to keep rapidly growing skin taut. This creates a lack of supportive material, as the skin is stretched and leads to dermal and epidermal tearing.
Stretch marks can be treated using skin abrasion treatment technology. A superficial abrasion of the skin tissue triggers the body’s own natural repair mechanism which stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin fibres. Consequently skin abrasion technology can have a remarkable softening action on stretch marks. Although unlikely to completely remove the stretch marks a course of skin abrasion treatments should certainly cause stretch marks to significantly fade.
Generally the newer (red) stretch mark, the greater the response will be to skin abrasion treatments. This treatment is not appropriate for older scars (silvering of the skin).
Crystal Free Orbital Microdermabrasion
CACI Orbital Microdermabrasion is a non-evasive skin resurfacing treatment. It works by gently removing the dead layer of skin with the use of an orbital rotation hand piece which significantly reduces skin imperfections such as stretch marks, scarring, pigmentation, age spots, wrinkles and impurities. Your skin will be left feeling smooth and clear.
Light therapy is emitted from the device to enhance circulation, wound healing, speed up cell renewal, stimulate collagen and also acts as a calming agent.
Microdermabrasion can be used on sensitive skin, normal and mature skin. The disposable abrasion tips come in 3 grades, fine, medium and course. They are coated in an anti-allergy layer of Silicon Carbide that progressively removes the superficial layer of the epidermis.
A course is recommended for optimum results, or can be a one off treatment to enjoy. Each client may vary depending on individual requirements.
After care Advice:
- After microdermabrasion treatments we strongly advise that SPF 30 is applied for 5 days following the treatment and after the course
- No make-up for 6 hours after unless it’s mineral based make-up
- No heat treatments 24 hours before or after treatments
- No sunbeds or sunbathing 24-48 hours before and 5 days after
- No fake tan can be used 6-8 hours ow this will cause rashes
- Men should not shave 6-8 hours before and after treatments
Scarring and Stretch Mark Treatment Benefits:
- Refines and softens scars
- Nourishes the skin
- Stimulates the tissue repair and acts as a healing agent