Stretch marks are one of the less lovely consequences of pregnancy and childbirth…
While celebrity new mums seem to snap back into shape, looking glam in their bikinis just weeks after birth, it seems that more of us ‘ordinary mortals’ have to face the realities of post-baby bodies.
And at this time of year, that makes wearing a bikini on the beach look more of a daunting threat than a rewarding treat!
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are technically known as striae. They are not dangerous to the health in any way, but the appearance can be aesthetically unappealing, especially in severe cases.
They are actually a form of scarring on the skin caused by damage to the dermis.
They are usually the result of the skin being stretched rapidly, which is why they can often appear in pregnancy where the waistline can double in months to accommodate the growing baby.
At first, stretch marks look like red or purple lines, but the colour will gradually diminish. However, once the skin is no longer stretched, they can appear as depressions on the skin.
Where do Stretch Marks Appear?
Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body. However, during pregnancy, the most common places are where weight is gained (or the skin stretched). This includes:
- abdominal area (especially near the belly button)
- breasts or back
- biceps/upper arms
- thighs, hips and buttocks
Treating Stretch Marks
Creams have been shown to be useful in keeping the skin supple and preventing the appearance of stretch marks.
However, once the damage has been done to the dermis causing stretch marks to appear, treatment at home is notoriously difficult.
Innovative Stretch Mark Treatments at Quinn Clinics
Quinn Clinics, based in Clifton, Bristol, offers new, innovative and potentially very effective stretch mark treatment with experienced skin practitioner Dr John Quinn. Both of these treatments work by stimulating the body’s own production of collagen, which encourages the skin to heal from within and become firmer and tighter. While often used in anti-ageing cosmetic treatments, the results on the body can be amazing.
- Dermaroller – this treatment uses the principle of “micro-needling”. The doctor uses a special roller to prick the skin, stimulating its healing response. Highly effective on abdominal area
- CO2 fractional laser – this new technology has just arrived in Bristol at Quinn Clinics and is showing excellent results on a wide variety of treatments, from sun damage, ageing and acne scarring. The same principle offers excellent promise for treating stretch marks
There’s no need to put up with stretch marks. Book an appointment to get advice from Dr John Quinn on what treatment could help.
Bristol-based patients can arrange a consultation at Quinn Clinics to discuss their skincare concerns and treatment. Call 0117 924 4592 for an appointment, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.