According to the Mayo Clinic, stretch marks or striae are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. They are caused by
the stretching and minor tearing of the dermis and over time can diminish but not disappear completely.
Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid
growth. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with
puberty, pregnancy, muscle building, hormone replacement therapy for transsexuals,
etc. Medical terminology for these kinds of markings includes striae atrophicae,
vergetures, striae distensae, striae cutis distensae, striae gravidarum (in cases where it is
caused by pregnancy), lineae atrophicae, linea albicante or simply striae.
Various treatments are available for the purpose of improving the appearance of existing
stretch marks, including laser treatments, dermabrasion and prescription retinoids. Some cream manufacturers claim the best results are achieved on recent stretch
marks. However, few studies exist to support these claims. The Dermapen
uses the bodies natural healing mechanisms as a solution for unsightly stretch marks.
The Dermapen’s unique vertical stamping
and depth control, up to 2.5mm, helps alleviate the appearance of stretch marks and can be a better modality
to other methods or rollering. With surgical steel integrity, the robust nature
of the automated needle tip (12 needles total and sized at thirty-three gauge)
penetrate difficult burn scar tissue dramatically improving appearance, texture,
elasticity, size and mobility.
Stretch marks have altered physiology than other skin conditions. Multiple sessions
is recommended and may vary depending on the severity and type of scar. Consult your Dermapen physician about the best course of action for your particular skin condition. To find a Dermapen Treatment Practitioner