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Introduction to stretch marks
Stretch marks can be found in a variety of patient types, but the hormonal changes and extra weight carried during pregnancy increases the chances of them occurring. According to the NHS, around 80% of pregnant women incur stretch marks.
They start as pinkish little threads, and are most common on the upper thighs, hips, stomach and breasts. When they mature, they begin to turn silver in colour.
Whilst there is no health risk attached to having stretch marks, they can be unsightly and may cause psychological distress.
Most women who develop these marks will be advised to try out over-the-counter creams and oils that claim to reduce their appearance. Whilst many find these products to be helpful, it is important to note that there are alternative treatments that could reduce them more dramatically and for a longer period of time.
Introduction to scarring
After an injury, the body can sometimes produce a mark or a scar. Once the wound has been made, the body produces collagen to reform the skin, and this can sometimes come back uneven, raised or discoloured.
The majority of scars fall into the following categories:
- Flat, lighter scars
- Hypertrophic scars (raised and red in colour)
- Keloid scars (excess tissue in the affected area)
- Pitted/atrophic/“ice pick” scars (indented)
- Contracture scars (skin has shrunk and tightened, perhaps restricting movement)
What is Enerjet?
The specially-designed Healing Compound is introduced to the dermis via needleless injection. Instead of using needles, the device uses a high powered jet which creates a “controlled wound” to encourage the body’s natural healing processes. In doing so, collagen production is accelerated and the scar tissue is broken down.
How many session will I need, and how far apart can I have them?
On average, our patients will have 6-8 sessions of Enerjet to see the desired result. It is advised that patients have treatment every 4-6 weeks.
Am I a suitable candidate?
Enerjet is used to treat scarring and stretch marks. It is safe to use on all skin tones, but there may be specific skin conditions that conflict with the effectiveness of the treatment. This can be discussed further upon examination.
Who will perform the treatment?
Senior Aesthetic Therapist, Jodie Retallick, is a highly trained clinician who has worked with various lasers and devices throughout her career, and previously trained delegates for ABC Lasers across the country.
Dr Tapan Patel’s former Medical Assitant, Spirithoula Koukoufikis, has undergone thorough training and highly-qualified to perform these treatments.
What areas can be treated?
Most areas of the body can be treated.
Is there any downtime?
There is minimal downtime associated with this treatment, but patients may incur some slight brusing and swelling immediately after treatment. This may take a few days to subside, but patients are able to resume their usual activities as soon as they deem themselves fit.