What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks also known as tiger marks and as the latter suggests, long narrows streaks/strips that develops on the skin when the area is suddenly stretched within a short period of time and the skin does not have sufficient time to recover leading to unwanted scars. They are a type of scar / disfiguring lesions called striae, striae distensae (SD), striae atrophicans, and striae gravidarum. This typically affects women more than men and can appear anywhere on the body, mostly seen on:
Changes in the body, during puberty, pregnancy, weight gain/loss can result in the formation of stretch marks when the skin cannot resume its normal form after an intense period of growth.
Prior to the formation of stretch marks, the skin will feel dry/itchy/tender. The streaks can appear red/purple/pink/brown.
Streaks will flatten & fade with time and change to a pale white / silver shade that may be slightly depressed and/ irregular in shape.
SOLUTION? – Fractional RF Microneedling for Stretch Marks
The Fractional RF Microneedling is the world's first microneedle and radio-frequency combined only non-laser, and non-light-based aesthetic procedure that is FDA-cleared to treat stretch marks on all skin tones, including darker skin types who often have complications such as burns or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation with many laser or light-based treatments. Fractional RF Microneedling uses an industry-unique fractional radio-frequency technology combined with microneedles to provide effective, controlled fractional treatments.
The procedure involves penetration of insulated microneedles into the dermis to deliver high-tensioned radiofrequency pulse into the targeted tissue. This results in the body’s own production of elastin and collagen fibres, making skin firmer and healthier. RF combines with the microneedling, so the RF heat is not on the outside layer of the skin, it penetrates much deeper, leaving the top skin layer cool. The microneedles are driven directly into the skin at a certain depth, and radiofrequency energy is then released inside of the skin. This gives a more uniformed deep tissue warming that will then stimulate collagen and when new collagen fibers are produced, stretch marks will appear lighter in appearance.