Many believe that once stretch marks appear on your body, they are here to stay. No amount of lotions and massage oils will be able to completely diminish those unsightly marks. A stretch mark usually appears on the arms, shoulders, calves, thighs, upper breasts, abdomen, and even on the buttocks. There are several causes such as pregnancy as the main cause, with abrupt gain or loss in weight, sudden growth, stress, hereditary factors, and changes in physical conditions as other causes.
The epidermis (the top layer), dermis (the middle layer), and subcutaneous (the deepest layer) are the three main layers of the skin. While the connective tissue has been ‘stretched’ beyond its threshold of flexibility because of sudden shrinkage or swelling, that is when stretch marks appear. The marks are more inclined to be pink, red, purple, reddish-brown, or even dark brown, determined by your skin colour. They tend to mostly appear white. Another point is that early stretch marks may feel slightly raised and irritable.
The regular production cycle of collagen is broken and damaged when the collagen in our skin becomes weak as the skin is stretched. This leads to the formation of thin scars under the epidermis. At first, the stretch marks will appear pink or red, however steadily, a fine, silvery line will show up on the skin’s surface and that is how a stretch mark is created.
During pregnancy, the stretch marks, also known as ‘striae gravidarum’, appear as indented streaks on your body. They can take on the hue of either pink, red, blue, purple, or black even. By the third trimester, most pregnant women will experience stretch marks, especially on their bellies. They can also be visible on the buttocks, breasts, arms, and thighs.
Despite experts saying that stretch marks are permanent and here to stay, with the Stretch Mark Buster Combo (LDM® + Neogen) as the preferred choice, it is possible to diminish the appearance of the stretch marks and relieve the irritation they cause. LDM®-Tech Skin Rejuvenation and Neogen Plasma treatments are safe, non-invasive, and non-surgical treatments that do not require any needles, anaesthetic, or downtime. Without the need for surgery, our clients can resume their normal daily activities after the end of their quick treatment session. Both treatments do not take a lot of time and yield visible results quickly. This makes the treatments offered by Cambridge Therapeutics a superior choice for those who want to remove stubborn stretch marks in a highly effective manner.
LDM®-Tech is a non-invasive technology that treats skin problems in the dermis and epidermis. It utilises ultrasonic energy at significantly higher frequencies making it able to accelerate a strong micro-massage effect on tissue structures.
This micro-massage activates fibroblasts and improves skin structure, increases tissue elasticity, as well as tightens connective skin tissues. Most importantly, it enhances collagen cross-linking and improves pH changes in the skin.
The Neogen Plasma, also known as the 4th state of matter, operates by administering millisecond pulses of nitrogen-based plasma to the skin. This aids in activating the construction of collagen and elastin fibres.
This treatment has been verified to be quite efficacious for several dermatological concerns. Neogen Plasma administers plasma energy in extremely precise, controlled pulses to produce regulated quick heating of the tissue which activates an important physiological response without causing any harm to the surrounding tissues. This aids in polishing the image of scars such as stretch marks, acne scars, and old surgical scars.
1) LDM® controls Bad enzymes MMPs (Matrix Metalloproteinases)
Local Dynamic Micromassage (LDM) is established on rapid ultrasonic frequency oscillations 100-1000 times per second. Aesthetic treatments tend to pivot on generation processes in connective tissue equilibrium. Research heavily emphasises the significance of the deterioration of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). These are present in connective tissue metabolic disorders leading to varied skin conditions such as eczema, acne, dermatitis, chronic ulcers, and many more which could be involved in skin ageing. LDM inhibits MMPs, curbing the damaging effect on the tissues, returning the skin to its regular collagen metabolism state.
2) LDM® activates HSPs (Heat Shock Proteins)
LDM can expand the reproduction potential of Heat Shock Proteins (HSPs) which helps in constructing skin immunity. A family of proteins, HSPs are created to aid the skin fight stressful conditions such as sun exposure and other exposures to extreme temperatures, etc.
3) LDM® increases the content of GAGs (Glycosaminoglycans)
With the potential to expand the moisture content in the skin and enhance its metabolism. By expanding skin turgor, effectively enhances skin texture, skin tone, and strengthens the skin immunity barrier.
1) Deep Dermis Healing
This encourages healing and cell regeneration from the deep dermis layers.
2) Skin Peeling Effect
When skin is restored from the subcutaneous layer, the unwanted dead skin is eliminated quietly. In comparison with other various peeling treatments such as chemical peels, the Neogen Plasma treatment is just as formidable and effective.
3) Increases Skin Absorption Efficiency
After this treatment, the skin’s absorption rate elevates exponentially which allows the administration of massage oils and creams much more efficacious against stretch marks.
When used in tandem, the Stretch Mark Buster Combo uses the most effective combination of LDM’s ultrasound micro-massage waves and Neogen Plasma’s ionised gases to revive collagen, restore elastin fibers, torn, and stretched skin, making it a formidable treatment against stretch marks.
After undergoing treatments, improvement in the skin’s appearance is noted after the first session. Clients are recommended to go for their sessions every 2-3 weeks for 6 sessions, before going for a maintenance session once every 2-3 months.
It is important to note that every individual’s body heals differently and depending on the severity of the stretch marks, recovery time can vary according to the individual. We would advise you to talk to your therapist for more information if you are unsure.
Cordelia, Founder of Anticipating Diva & The Acai Collective, shares her experience:
*photos are from actual treatment although individual results may vary