A number of treatments are available to make stretch marks less visible. Generally speaking they all work best on stretch marks that are relatively new and red as compared to stretch marks that have paled in colour and have become chronic.
It is therefore strongly advised that you contact us early on as soon as you see stretch marks developing.
During the consultation we will assess your stretch marks and suggest a treatment plan. As is generally true with medicine “one size fits all” really never applies. Depending on your conditions we may recommend
Carboxy Therapy (also called Carbon Dioxide Therapy CDT)
Microneedling (includes dermaroller, dermapen and dermastamp)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Procedure for Carboxy Therapy for stretch marks
Depending on the location and severity of the stretch marks a numbing cream or numbing spray may be used to take out the sting of the injection. If numbing is required then we may wait for few minutes up to one hour for the full effect of the numbing cream.
The skin is then cleaned with alcohol swaps and the carbon dioxide is injected into the skin underneath the Stretch Marks. You may feel a little discomfort/tingling as Carbon Dioxide enters the skin.
You’ll immediately see a swelling of the skin. The swelling lasts a very short while and usually it’s gone in less than 5 minutes. The high concentration of Carbon Dioxide triggers the body to think that better blood circulation is required which in turn stimulates healing, repair and the formation of blood vessels.
While you may see some changes in the visibility of your stretch marks even within few treatments, you may require a longer course.
Often we recommend a course of 5-6 weekly treatments, followed by 5-6 monthly treatments. Following the course of Carboxy Therapy you may require an annual maintenance treatment.
Complications and downtime after Carboxy Therapy
Usually there is no downtime after Carboxy Therapy for stretch mars and you should be able to go back to social and professional life right away.
However, during the procedure a small superficial blood vessel in the skin may accidentally be penetrated causing bruising that will be visible after the treatment.
As the stretch marks and thus the treatment area are usually covered with cloths it rarely is of any concern when socializing or working.