What is it?

Stretch marks are caused by stretching of the skin which leads to an injury and disruption of the normal skin architecture.  This area of injury is healed with the formation of new collagen which heals the injury but leaves in its place a typical white stretch mark.  Stretch marks can form when skin is stretched such as in excessive weight gain or muscle bulking, when tissue is stretched through exercise or pressure, or when children and adolescents have rapid growth spurts.  Rapid growth spurts often result in stretch marks forming on the hips, thighs, buttocks, and breasts.

Some people are more genetically prone to developing stretch marks than others.  Certain medications, such as steroids and other medications that cause thinning of the skin, can also predispose to stretch mark formation.

Stretch marks are notoriously difficult to treat.  Early stretch marks which are red or pink in colour tend to respond much better to treatment than older, white stretch marks.

We use carboxy therapy to treat stretch marks.  Carboxy disrupts the existing collagen bundles and stimulates new, tighter collagen fibers to form.  This process helps stretch marks fade and become less noticeable.

What areas can be treated?

Any area that has stretch marks can be treated.  The earlier a stretch mark is treated, the better the outcome of the treatment.

Who is a good candidate for treatment?

Any patient with stretch marks that bothers them is a good candidate for treatment.  We encourage parents who notice their adolescents developing stretch marks to have them treated as quickly as possible.

What does a treatment entail?

The area to be treated will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution.

Carboxy therapy involves the insertion of tiny needles at regular intervals into each stretch mark.   These needles are attached to a thin tube which allows carbon dioxide gas to enter the stretch mark.  Carbon dioxide is a safe and inert gas which disrupts the abnormal collagen in the stretch mark, and

results in an increase in bloodflow to the area.  This increased blood flow brings new fibroblasts to the area and these are responsible for the formation of new, tighter collagen bundles.

Is there pain and downtime?

Carboxy therapy is uncomfortable due to the small needle pricks and the burning sensation that occurs in each stretch mark.  Most patients find the discomfort tolerable and the burning sensation disappears almost immediately.  Small needle prick bruises may occur. These typically resolve within a few days. 

What do I need to do afterwards?

No specific aftercare is needed.

When can I expect to see results?

Most patients see an improvement in red or pink stretch marks within 2-3 sessions.  Older, white stretch marks often take longer to show an improvement.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

A typical treatment regimen for stretch marks consists of a carboxy treatment every two weeks.  The number of treatments needed is determined by the severity and extent of the stretch marks.  We often only treat one area per session, depending on the patient’s tolerance of the treatment.

Improves appearance of stretch marks

Improves self-esteem

Feel more comfortable with your body

Stretch marks on buttocks

Stretch marks on thighs

Stretch marks on hips

Stretch marks on breasts

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Stretch marks behind the knees


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