You may have heard that stretch marks respond to treatment better when they are new. This is true when the treatment is attracted to the darker marks and when the body is stimulated to create more collagen during your body’s own natural healing process.
If you are creating a family, you may be considering how and when to treat your marks. Sublative™ treatment is FDA cleared and has seen dramatic results in improving the appearance of stretch marks as it works by radio frequency energy rather than laser or light. In this article we look at the pros and cons of treating your marks in between pregnancies versus after you have finished having children.
Stretch Marks Explained
Firstly, it helps to explain exactly what these marks are, why they look like they do and how they are formed.
Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing if you are going to develop stretch marks during pregnancy. Approximately 80% of women experience them at some point during their lives, in events of rapid growth, for example during puberty or pregnancy. They do have a genetic link, therefore you are more likely to get them if your mother had them.
The linear marks are the result of the skin, specifically the dermis (the second layer of the skin) being over-stretched and tearing. The pinkish-purple colour is due to an inflammatory reaction happening in the skin. Over time, they fade to a silvery-white.
Pros and Cons of When To Have Treatment
Figuring out when to treat your marks can be difficult. Do you wait until you have finished having children, or try to minimise them in between pregnancies? We cover some pros and cons below to help you decide.
Treatment Between Pregnancies
Pro – New stretch marks respond better to treatment
Pro – Treatment helps to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin, helping to make your skin stronger for the next pregnancy
Con – You may get more marks, so further treatment may be required
Treatment After You Have Finished Having Children
Pro – You know the final extent of your marks, so you can base your treatment off this
Con – Mature scars (marks that have faded to silvery-white) are more difficult to treat
Why Sublative™ Treatment Is The Leading Technology
Treating stretch marks with Sublative™ technology is fast becoming the treatment of choice due to it using radio frequency (RF) energy. RF energy has the ability to follow the shape of the scar better than laser energy which can only travel in a straight line. RF penetrates deep into the dermis where it is needed to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin.
There is no recovery period or downtime with Sublative™ stretch marks treatment, it’s a straight forward, walk in, walk out treatment. Following treatment your skin will be slightly red and will have tiny pinhole marks however the redness resolves within 24 hours and the marks fade over 2-4 weeks.
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At Feel Good Laser & Skin Clinic we specialise in the treatment of stretch marks using the latest technology. We offer a free consultation where we can assess your scars, explain our technology and answer any questions you have. You can click on the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation. Alternatively, you can call our experienced and friendly team on 1300 896 834.