What is it?
Stretch marks are caused by stretching of the skin which leads to an injury and disruption of the normal skin architecture. This area of injury is healed with the formation of new collagen which heals the injury but leaves in its place a typical white stretch mark. Stretch marks can form when skin is stretched such as in excessive weight gain or muscle bulking, when tissue is stretched through exercise or pressure, or when children and adolescents have rapid growth spurts. Rapid growth spurts often result in stretch marks forming on the hips, thighs, buttocks, and breasts.
Some people are more genetically prone to developing stretch marks than others. Certain medications, such as steroids and other medications that cause thinning of the skin, can also predispose to stretch mark formation.
Stretch marks are notoriously difficult to treat. Early stretch marks which are red or pink in colour tend to respond much better to treatment than older, white stretch marks.
We use carboxy therapy to treat stretch marks. Carboxy disrupts the existing collagen bundles and stimulates new, tighter collagen fibers to form. This process helps stretch marks fade and become less noticeable.