DEFINITION OF STRETCH MARKS

Stretch marks are long, fine scars that develop on the surface of the body and cause changes in skin color. They are caused by the physical stresses that result from the stretching of the skin. They are very common in women but can also affect men. Stretch marks may be visible on the stomach, thighs, hips, breasts, arms, and the lower back. Marks are formed in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin. After constant stretching, the layer is torn and stretch marks remain.

Stretch marks may occur after pregnancy, or after gaining or losing a large amount of weight. The marks start with a faint, red or purple tint and then disappear, leaving behind skin that is streaked with white lines. Although they are not clinically dangerous, stretch marks can cause considerable concern for many women and thereby have a negative impact on their quality of life.

HOW STRETCH MARKS ARE FORMED

The skin is made up of three main layers: the epidermis (the outer layer), the dermis (the middle layer) and the subcutaneous layer or hypodermis (the deepest layer). Stretch marks form in the dermis when conjunctive tissue is stretched beyond its maximum elasticity.

In addition, stretch marks are more prominent when cortisone levels increase. Cortisone is a hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands and weakens the skin’s elastic fibers. Women with a high body mass index (BMI) have more stretch marks. Stretch marks are most common in young women and teenagers.   These results can be explained by age-related changes in cortisone levels and changes in conjunctive tissue that are caused by the hormonal changes of puberty. Genetics can also play a role in the formation of stretch marks.

DIAGNOSIS AND COMMON TREATMENTS

Stretch marks are easy to diagnose based on an examination of the cutaneous layer of the skin and by referring to medical records. Until now, the only cost-effective treatment has been the application of cosmetic creams. Several studies have shown that, when topical and active treatments were compared to a placebo, there was no statistically significant difference in the extent of stretch marks between each of the three groups. Nonetheless, creams and oils may help to treat dry skin and reduce itching.

Since 2009, other studies have examined the topic of multipolar radiofrequency therapy (using equipment similar to the new Back3SE). Patients who have been treated in this way have seen an improvement after treatment of the stretch marks, with 88% reporting as satisfied or very satisfied.

In conclusion, this clinically proven treatment for stretch marks is pain-free and reduces the appearance of stretch marks, while patients further benefit from a reduction in their waist or thigh circumference.

Today, Carol, a phsyiotherapist and beauty expert discusses her experience of treating stretch marks using the Back3SE:

“Stretch marks have always been a problem in my work life. By buying a Winback-Beauty device and receiving the specific training, I was able to have my therapeutic needs met. In fact, the unique multipolar mode allows me to aim the energy from the Winback directly at the dermal layer. This energy stimulates the cells of the dermis, while the patient experiences a warm, pleasant sensation. Cellular stimulation optimizes metabolism while stimulating collagen formation and accelerating the wound healing process. I always use the electrode in conjunction with an intense hand massage to realign the fibroblasts cells. Objectively speaking, my patients observe improvements in their stretch marks after six weeks of treatment, with two sessions per week. Visually, their stretch marks are shallower and thinner, and the skin around the scar tissue is tighter. My sessions last 30 minutes. I am delighted that I can finally offer my customers effective, affordable treatment – and I get recommended by word of mouth every single week!”

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