Stretch marks (striae in medical terminology), a common problem, appear as a result of a change in the structure of elastin and collagen fibers in the dermis layer (middle layer of the skin) due to various factors. While it is possible to eliminate them with simple methods in early stages, scar treatment is necessary in advanced stages.
Stretch marks are formed in the stretched skin areas, usually as a result of excessive weight gain, during pregnancy, after use of some drugs and hormone treatments. Initially they are small invisible linear depressions with a purple-reddish color, by time it acquires an off-colour hue.
The most common sites where stretch marks appear are abdomen, breasts, waist, upper arms, legs and knees. The fact that women tend to develop stretch marks more than men makes us consider hormonal causes. Particularly 80% of postpartum women report stretch marks.
Examination of this tissue reveals a loss in the amount and elasticity of connective tissue elements. It is essential to reconstruct these elements in order to reverse this sagging and aging, so that the skin will be tighter and stretch marks will be less. Therefore the primary target in the treatment of stretch marks is performing it right after the formation. Especially in the first 6-12 months, the success of the treatment is very high and applications such as dermaroller, glycolic acid, glutathione, hyaluronic acid, retinoic acid, multivitamin and multimineral solutions, mesotherapy may be sufficient to eradicate the stretch marks that are without scar formation. However, advanced and deep stretch marks that have progressed to scar formation can only get benefit from combined use of CGF (concentrate growth factor), dermapen and mesotherapy agents.