Reduce the appearance of stretch marks for increased body confidence.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks, also known as striae are indented streaks across the skin. They can vary in colour from pink, red, brown, silver or purple and do tend to fade and change colour as time passes. Stretch marks can occur when there has been a sudden growth or weight gain as the skin has stretched rappdil. Contributing factors may include weight gain, puberty, pregnancy, and genetics. Although not classed as a medical concern, and more so cosmetic, the appearance of stretch marks can greatly affect a person body and self confidence.
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You’ve probably got some questions, but before you get in touch, we’ve answered the most common ones here.
What causes stretch marks?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to the development of stretch marks due to the skin stretching beyond its natural capacity. Firstly like many skin concerns, genetics has a role to play and your genetic makeup. Other factors which result in the skin stretching can include rapid weight gain (or loss), pregnancy, puberty and intense bodybuilding. Other factors can be the prolonged use of Corticosteroids as this can reduce your skin’s natural elasticity, alongside medical conditions such as Cushing’s and Marfan syndrome.
Will stretch marks go on their own?
It is unlikely that stretch marks will disappear on their own, however they will continue to fade over time. Initially the stretch marks will appear as a purple or red line across the skin and the surface blood capillaries beak leading to this colour. Over time the colour and skin texture will gradually improve, they may appear less indented and the surrounding skin will be smoother, while the colour will reduce and overtime become a white, silverish colour making them look less obvious.
What treatments are effective for stretch marks?
There are a number of skin resurfacing treatments that can be effective for reducing the appearance of stretch marks and improving the health of the skin.
- ResurFace: This award winning skin resurfacing treatment is a great treatment option for skin resurfacing of stretch marks. Treatment will stimulate collagen, remodel the dermal layer and resurface the skin’s texture, making the skin much softer and smoother while visibly reducing the appearance of stretch marks. If the stretch marks are very new and vascular this may be combined with Intense Pulse Light (IPL) or Regenlite to treatment to target the superficial broken capillaries beneath the skin.
- Electronic Derma Stamp (EDS) is a gold award-winning professional micro needling treatment clinically proven to rejuvenate the skin for a number of concerns including stretch marks. EDS medical grade device penetrates the skin creating thousands of tiny wounds. This controlled injury to the skin stimulates a wound healing cascade, resulting in new collagen and skin cell formation and an enhanced bold supply, improving the overall health of the skin while minimising the appearance of stretch marks.
Following your consultation your practitioner will advise the best treatment for optimal results. We will ensure you have a good understanding of how the treatment will benefit your skin, including benefits, any downtime expected, duration and costs.
Will stretch marks return following treatment?
Once stretch marks have been treated effectively, they are unlikely to return following treatment. The effectiveness of treatment however will ultimately depend on the severity, type of treatment used and how the skin’s response to treatment. If you are prone to stretch marks, what is most important following treatment is to minimise the changes of new stretch marks from forming. This can be achieved by maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding rapid fluctuations, practicing a good skin care routine. maintaining hydration and adopting healthy lifestyle choices with regards to a well-balanced diet and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol.
How can ZO Skin Health help to support my skin?
ZO Principles of Skin Health Restoration specifically focus on restoring skin’s strength and optimizing cellular functions to provide the best treatment outcomes and achieve overall skin health restoration. Skin should be fortified to renew, protect and strengthen itself to maintain healthy skin for life. ZO has your skin health covered with its clinically proven, medical skin care brand. ZO Skin Health products are specifically designed to be the best skin care for any concern by addressing both the visible signs and key triggers at every phase. Only the highest quality active ingredients like retinoids, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, glycolic acid, lactic acid and more. Following a consultation the best anti-ageing regimen that works to improve your skin texture, repair your skin barrier and restore a healthy, youthful appearance to your skin will be prescribed.
How does the The Advanced Nutrition Programme support my skin?
Healthy skin starts on the inside, for optimal results this needs to be fed daily with skin specific nutrients. To help improve the appearance of compromised skin whilst supporting skin elasticity, firmness and collagen production experts recommend supporting the skin with supplements from the Advanced Nutritional Programme (ANP) supplement range alongside a healthy diet. Traditional skincare is turned inside out with the innovative, award-winning range of evidence-based skincare supplements. While topical skincare only treats 50% of the skin on the surface, ANP potent nutritional blends feed your skin from within for a proven, 100% skincare approach, your skin will certainly thank you for it. Following your consultation we can advised a complete nutritional approach to optimise your skin health.