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Stretch marks, known medically as striae, can affect both men and women, although they are considered more common in women as they are often caused during pregnancy. Striae show as lines or streaks on the skin which start off as red or purple marks, turning white over time as they age and heal. They can be tender to the touch, even after some years and can also have a slightly raised or sunken appearance depending on their age. Stretch marks occur when the inner skin layer, below the surface is stretched to the point where it weakens and loses its elasticity. They can happen with rapid weight gain or obesity, through body-building, or puberty and growth as seen in upper legs and thighs, abdomen or backs with teenagers and adolescents, as well as in the abdomen, hips and breasts during pregnancy.
Carboxytherapy, also referred to as carbon dioxide therapy or CDT is becoming more widely used within UK aesthetic clinics for skin rejuvenation and cellulite reduction.
Unlike ablative and non-ablative lasers Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing (Fractional Photothermolysis) only damages small zones within a target area, causing fractional trauma and quicker recovery.
The Hydrafacial ™ hydradermabrasion treatment marketed as Skin Health For Life™ uses patented Vortex fusion tips to deeply exfoliate and cleanse the skin, as well as extracting impurities and hydrating the skin using specific serums.
Medical Skin Needling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy and Micro-Needling is aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Microdermabrasion helps improve the texture and appearance of the skin using a stream of fine micro particles which partially removes the outermost layer of the skin and stimulates new cell growth.
3JUVE from Lynton Lasers combines three of the most popular, non-invasive anti-ageing technologies for the three main symptoms that ageing skin can exhibit: lines/wrinkles, discolouration and a loss of firmness.
BioSkin Jetting is a precise, non-ablative treatment method for targeting lines and scarring using a medical technique called subscision. BioSkin Smoothing uses electrical micro-current in addition. The controlled trauma caused initiates a healing reaction and the formation of new collagen to minimise the imperfection.
The Collagen P.I.N. (Percutaneous Induction Needling) device is an automated micro-needling device. It is designed to treat a wide variety of issues, including fine lines and wrinkles, skin ageing, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, acne scars, and stretch marks.
Dermapen™ has the claim of being the original device that started the revolution in automated pen-like devices in the medical skin-needling world. It is used for a treatment referred to as medical skin needling, collagen induction therapy, percutaneous collagen induction, micro-needling or simply electronic dermarollering.
The eDermastamp™ or eDS™ Skin Rejuvenation is used for a treatment referred to as medical skin needling, collagen induction therapy, percutaneous collagen induction, micro-needling or simply electronic dermarollering.
The Fraxel™ SR machine was launched in the USA at the end of 2004. The current Fraxel range includes three fractional lasers - two for non-ablative treatments and one for ablative treatment; Fraxel Re:fine™, Re:store™ (also available as Re:store Dual) and Re:pair™.
The Genuine Dermaroller™ device is marketed for the treatment of Medical Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy.
The Microneedle Therapy System or MTS-Roller™ is marketed for the treatment of Medical Skin Needling.
The Pixel 2940 laser device uses fractional ablative technology aimed at rejuvenating aged and sun damaged skin with less downtime than is associated with traditional ablative laser skin resurfacing.
Réjuvapen is used to treat the signs of ageing, scarring, burns, and uneven skin tone by activating cell regeneration and enhancing the absorption of active serums and topical agents through collagen induction therapy or medical skin needling.
The CO2 Riojuvenation System from Rioblush is used for the treatment of Carboxytherapy to target stretchmarks, fine lines and wrinkles, dark under eye circles, cellulite and localised fat deposits as well as minor skin tightening of the neck and decollete regions.
The Roll-CIT™ from Environ® marketed for the treatment of Medical Skin Needling is the patent pending creation of Dr Des Fernandes, a South African Plastic Surgeon.
SkinPen Precision System is a clinically-proven, medical micro-needling device, made by the American company Bellus Medical, that can help improve the appearance of facial acne scars, reduce the signs of ageing and improve skin health through collagen induction therapy.