Stretch marks are a type of atrophic scar on the skin, with significant destruction of the normal architectural structure deep in the skin beneath the skin.
Heredity plays a key role in the appearance of "stretch marks", because it is what determines the elasticity of the skin. The increase in tension exerted on the skin, as in pregnancy, in the rapid growth and increase of the height of adolescence but also in the large increases of body weight, is an important test for the skin. If it does not have (hereditary) good elasticity then tears inwards and "opens" . This gives a feeling of emptiness to the touch along the "stretch marks" and a subtle-atrophic and different colored complexion on the surface of the skin. This is red-pink initially because it contains blood, white then from the atrophic scar that has been installed.
Preventing the appearance of "stretch marks" is practically impossible because there is no way to change the genetically determined elasticity of the skin. The help provided by the daily hydration of the skin with moisturizing-emollient creams is rarely enough for a person genetically predisposed to show "stretch marks"
The sooner treatment is started (while still in the red-pink phase) the better and more immediate the results will be (usually required 4-5 sessions at this stage). In the white phase of the old "stretch marks" more sessions are required, the results also remain very satisfactory. We must also explain to the patient that it is practically impossible for the skin to return to its previous quality before the appearance of "stretch marks"., but we can improve it significantly, both in appearance and texture.
All stretch mark treatment methods aim to create new connective tissue (collagen). We usually stimulate the perspiration of the "stretch" area and cause mild injury to the skin to activate the fibroblasts, skin cells that produce collagen and elastin and create a new network of connective tissue. Stimulation of fibroblasts also leads to the production of hyaluronic acid which offers deep hydration. We usually prefer FractionalRF technology for this mechanical stimulation (radiofrequency) or surgical fractionalCO2 laser.
Stretch Mark Control with Autologous Mesotherapy - Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
The fight against stretch marks with the Platelet-Rich Plasma method (PRP), that is, with platelet-rich plasma from the patient himself, is the most modern method of treating them which exploits the growth factors present in platelets. Growth factors are proteins with regenerative and restorative properties. Growth factors are injected under the skin and activate fibroblasts in the production of new collagen and elastin that restore skin elasticity and improve the appearance and texture of stretch marks.
Combined stretch mark treatment protocol
It is done with a combination of fractional laser and PRP. The results of each method individually in the treatment of stretch marks are multiplied when they are combined in the same session. Also the recovery time is much shorter due to the use of PRP which contains growth factors that speed up healing! The return to daily activities is immediate and the results of this combined stretch mark treatment are spectacular.. And here of course the results are more immediate and even more impressive when we manage to start the treatment in the "red" phase of stretch marks.