Stretch Marks

Skin is incredibly elastic and durable but at times, its smoothness and suppleness is challenged by stretch marks. While these marks do not pose any health consequence, they can compromise our self confidence and negatively affect how we feel about our skin and body.


Visible Effects

Stretch marks begin as reddish or purplish stretched lines from growth spurts or weight gain such as during pregnancy. Although permanenet, these lines become whitish and less conspicuous over time. Stretch marks can vary in length and width, extending to several centimetres in length and up to 10mm wide.

Underlying Causes

What causes stretch marks? They commonly appear with growth spurts, puberty and pregnancy on the hips, along the abdomen and breasts. Stretch marks appear when tissues underneath the skin are torn due to rapid growth or overstretching.


As a centre for aesthetic dermatology and facial cosmetic surgery, Cutis is equipped to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The options for improving stretch marks are explained in a consultation with a Cutis skin care professional. The use of specialized lasers for stretch marks, such as the Fraxel® re:store DUAL, can remodel the collagen from beneath the stretch mark, creating firmness in the surrounding tissue and thereby making the stretch mark less obvious where the use of our BBL light therapy may reduce their reddish appearance. Early stretch mark intervention leads to optimal outcomes however, improvements can be achieved in mature stretch marks as well. We welcome you to schedule a consultation to discuss your options and treatment plan today. Contact us for further information.

DISCLAIMER: Individual outcomes, results and number of treatments recommended may vary based on individual patient needs, medical history, and circumstances. Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre cannot guarantee exact or permanent results or cures.