Red Stretch Marks

Effective treatment with the combination of 2 FDA-cleared procedures

Stretching is one of the most remarkable abilities of the skin. This is achieved thanks to collagen and elastin of the dermis, the middle layer of the skin, which enable skin elasticity. However, if the skin is stretched for a long period of time, which is the case during pregnancy for example, collagen and elastin are degraded, giving rise to the well-known stretch marks (striae distensae). Our specialised medical practices use a combination of two ultra-effective and safe procedures for the treatment of red stretch marks, both of which have been certified by the strict US Food & Drug Administration, FDA. & Drug Administration, FDA.


Pulsed Dye LASER
The Pulsed Dye LASER procedure offers:
  • Elimination of red stretch marks
  • Treatment of the inflammation that usually surrounds the area
  • Stimulation of collagen and elastin production
  • Improvement of skin colour and texture
Treatment with the Pulsed Dye LASER is used for the improvement of blood circulation at the area with red stretch marks. Better supply of oxygen and blood circulation of the area ensures better enhancement of collagen production, while the skin’s connective tissue is stimulated. The energy that is safely channelled without affecting the epidermis is absorbed by the blood within the veins, below the red stretch marks, which are gradually eliminated.
The Pulsed Dye LASER is a non-invasive procedure with excellent results for stretch marks with red, purple colour or stretch marks with darker colour than the rest of the skin.

Magellan® TruPRP™
Magellan® TruPRP™ procedure offers:
  • Smoothing and improvement of stretch marks
  • Skin rejuvenation, healing and regeneration
  • Improvement of skin texture and tone
  • Stimulation of new tissue formation
  • Utilisation of the cell regeneration mechanism
The new autologous mesotherapy Magellan® TruPRP™ with growth factors is a non-invasive, safe and almost painless treatment for cell rejuvenation and regeneration, which is applied in between the Pulsed Dye LASER sessions to optimise red stretch marks treatment effects.
It is a completely natural process, as it is based on administering to the patient his/her own platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Plasma (PRP) is infused in the treatment area to stimulate the cell rejuvenation and regeneration processes, releasing growth factors that produce elastin and collagen while stimulating the angiogenesis process and the formation of new tissue.


The points of excellence of the Pulsed Dye LASER procedure
  • Non-invasive procedure
  • Reduces the stretch marks with a few sessions
  • Certified by the FDA
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Minimal downtime

The points of excellence of the Magellan® TruPRP™ procedure
  • Double centrifugation
  • Sophisticated platelet separation
  • 4-6 times greater concentration rates of growth factors
  • Certified by the FDA
  • Utilisation of the platelet “poor” plasma as a cream on the treatment area
  • High safety standards without intervention of human hand

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FAQs


What is the cause of stretch marks?
Stretch marks appear as a result of sudden fluctuation of body weight in the dermis, the middle skin layer characterised by elasticity that helps skin maintain its shape. When the dermis is stretched constantly, as time goes by the skin becomes less elastic and the connective fibres within it break. The result is what we know as stretch marks.
Why is it difficult to treat stretch marks?
The main reasons contributing in the formation of stretch marks include genetic factors, increased body steroid levels and conditions such as pregnancy, obesity and weight gain. If a microscope is used, stretch marks look like scars. To treat them, usually with a combination of procedures the best results can be achieved. Their treatment depends on the area of the body and its size, as well as on whether the stretch marks are new (red) or old (white).
What is the difference between red and white stretch marks?

Stretch marks can be categorised in two groups: red (new) and white (old). Initially stretch marks have a pink colour sometimes with mild itching. Then the skin around the stretch marks becomes "flattened" and "thin". Gradually they become longer and wider, with red or purple colour. Once mature their red or pink colour gives its place to white or silver. They may also appear slightly compressed and irregular in shape or length.

Is the new autologous Mesotherapy Magellan® TruPRP™ safe for the treatment of stretch marks?
Of course. Magellan® TruPRP™ treatment is absolutely safe, as it is based on the collection and reusage of the patient’s own blood. Furthermore, the device used for double centrifugation has been approved by the strict US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which demonstrates its high level of safety and maximum effectiveness.
Why should I choose the new autologous Mesotherapy Magellan® TruPRP™ instead of traditional mesotherapy?
Traditional new autologous mesotherapy is based on the principle of one centrifugation (one rotation), which removes the red blood cells from plasma, providing a mixture of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) & PPP (Platelet Poor Plasma) containing small quantities of platelets and low concentration. On the other hand, the new autologous mesotherapy Magellan® TruPRP™, thanks to double centrifugation, achieves enhanced and sophisticated separation and 4-6 times greater concentration rate of growth factors.
Are there any side effects with Magellan® TruPRP™?
No, there are no side effects or allergic reaction, because the new autologous mesotherapy procedure is based on the collection and reuse of the patient’s own blood. It is possible that mild redness may appear on the treatment area, which only lasts for 20-30 minutes.
Does Magellan® TruPRP™ treatment hurt?
The procedure is almost painless and patients feel comfortable as local anaesthetic cream is applied before treatment.
Can everyone undergo the Magellan® TruPRP™ procedure?
Every person that can donate blood can undergo the Magellan® TruPRP™ procedure. If your donate blood regularly and you want to undergo the new autologous mesotherapy for the treatment of stretch marks, you will have to wait 2-3 weeks after the day of blood donation.
What should I do before and after the treatment of stretch marks?
  • Avoid sun exposure for one month before and after the treatment. If you already know that you will be exposed to the sun, make sure that you use sunscreen with a high protection factor.
  • You should not undergo any other dermatological treatments during the three weeks before and after treatment. This includes hair removal procedures and peeling.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, sauna and swimming pool after treatment, until skin redness disappears.
  • Avoid hot showers for one day after treatment and do not rub or scrub the area that has been treated until your skin has calmed down.
  • At least 4 days before the treatment of stretch marks, it is advised to avoid pain killers, vitamin E and other blood thinning medicines.
  • Do not apply any cream on your skin 3 days before and after the treatment.
  • Follow the treatment that will be suggested by your doctor after each session.
What is the difference between red and white stretch marks?

The treatment of stretch marks while they are still red is easier as compared to the white ones. The new stretch marks can be usually treated with a combination of LASER treatments. White stretch marks can be usually treated better with a combination of radiofrequencies, Carboxy and lately autologous mesotherapy (PRP). More sessions will be probably needed for better clinical outcome of white stretch marks. White stretch marks usually appear as hypopigmented lesions. This means that stretch marks have faint tint as compared to natural skin colour. LASER and RF Microneedling technology can stimulate collagen and elastin and improve the appearance of stretch marks. However, not all persons are the right candidates, and the size of stretch marks, as well as the patient’s realistic expectations and the colour of the skin play a significant role.



Medical Equipment


Pulsed Dye LASER
  • The first selective photothermolysis LASER
  • Wide variety of applications for dermatological conditions
  • Device approved by the US FDA
Magellan® TruPRP™
  • Double centrifugation
  • Sophisticated platelet separation
  • 4-6 times greater concentration rates of growth factors
  • Device approved by the US FDA

I can’t believe how different my skin is after about 4 weeks of treatment at IQ for my stretch marks! They have faded away, they almost go unnoticed. I’m so glad!

Sylvia P.


If I knew IQ Dermatology and its innovative treatments, I would have solved my problem with my stretch marks since they appeared, after my pregnancy. But even now, eight months later, I feel great as they’ve just disappeared!

Alkmini Τ.


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