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:
  • Smooths and improves stretch marks
  • Rejuvenates, heals and regenerates the skin
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Stimulates the formation of new tissue
  • Utilizes the cell’s regeneration mechanism
Magellan® TruPRP™ is the latest autologous mesotherapy with growth factors for cell regeneration and rejuvenation. It is an almost painless, safe and non-invasive procedure. Red stretch marks can be treated via a combination of Magellan® TruPRP™ and Pulsed Dye Laser treatment plan, with the first one been applied in between the PDL sessions to further optimize the effects of the treatment.
Magellan® TruPRP™ is an absolutely natural procedure. Patient’s own Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) after being twice centrifuged is infused in the area under treatment to trigger regeneration and cell rejuvenation process while liberating growth factors which in turn produce collagen and elastin to finally stimulate angiogenesis and new tissue formation..

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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What is the cause of stretch marks?
An abrupt change or fluctuation of body weight in the dermis results in the appearance of stretch marks. The dermis is the middle layer of the skin, the part which due to its elasticity enhances the skin to preserve its shape. When the latter is constantly stretched, the skin as time goes by, loses its elasticity and its inner connective fibres break resulting in to stretch marks.
Why is it difficult to treat stretch marks?
Genetic factors, pregnancy, weight gain, obesity as well as increased body steroid levels are the main factors that may lead in stretch mark formation, which when put under a microscope resemble a scar. Stretch marks treatment is dependent on the size and the area to be treated, as well as on their color, whether are red, that is new, or white, that is older.
What is the difference between red and white stretch marks?

There are two kinds of Stretch marks: the red, which are the new ones and the white stretch marks which are considered the old ones. Stretch marks in their beginning are pink and sometimes the area may feel a bit itchy, while the skin around it later becomes thin and slightly flattened. As time passes by, they change color and shape and size becoming red or purple and wider and longer respectively. Stretch marks when they reach their maturation point their color turns into white or silver while sometimes may appear irregular in length or shape and a little compressed.

Is the new autologous Mesotherapy Magellan® TruPRP™ safe for the treatment of stretch marks?
Yes. Magellan® TruPRP™ autologous mesotherapy is extremely safe as it’s based on the patient’s own blood collection and reinfusion. In addition, the Platelet Rich Plasma Separator used for the process of double centrifugation is approved by the FDA ascertaining the device’s maximum effectiveness and high safety level.
Why should I choose the new autologous Mesotherapy Magellan® TruPRP™ instead of traditional mesotherapy?
The difference between the two mesotherapy treatments lies in the centrifugation and the concentration rate of growth factors. The traditional autologous mesotherapy as we knew it until today, is based on one centrifugation, that is on only one rotation which results in the separation of the blood cells from plasma, producing a mix of Platelet Rich Plasma (PPP) and Poor Platelet Plasma (PPP) consisting of a limited number of platelets and low concentration. Magellan® TruPRP™, on the other hand, the new autologous mesotherapy is based on the principle of double centrifugation thanks to which not only does it achieve a sophisticated and enhanced separation but also a 4 to 6 times bigger concentration amount of growth factors.
Are there any side effects with Magellan® TruPRP™?
No, there are no allergic reactions or side effects, due to the fact that Magellan® TruPRP™ is built around the patient’s own blood collection and reinfusion. Patients may experience a mild redness on the treated area which will dissipate within the next 20 to 30 minutes.
Does Magellan® TruPRP™ treatment hurt?
It’s an almost painless procedure as the application of local anesthetic ointment enhances the feeling of comfort.
Can everyone undergo the Magellan® TruPRP™ procedure?
People who can donate blood are eligible to receive the Magellan® TruPRP™ new autologous mesotherapy treatment. If you are a blood donor and wish to undergo the Magellan® TruPRP™ treatment you have to wait for 2-3 weeks after the last blood donation.
What should I do before and after the treatment of stretch marks?
  • Avoid sun exposure 30days before and after the treatment. In case of an upcoming sun exposure use a strong sun block.
  • Avoid any kind of dermatological treatment 3 weeks before and after the treatment, including peeling and hair removal procedures.
  • Avoid sauna, swimming pool and any kind of exercise, especially strenuous, after the treatment, until the redness dissipates.
  • Hot showers are not allowed until after one day after the end of the treatment. Also avoid scrubbing and rubbing the treated area until the skin calms down.
  • Avoid for a minimum period of 4 days prior to the treatment the intake of vitamin E, painkillers or several blood thinning medications.
  • Application of any kind of cream 3 days prior and after treatment is not allowed.
  • Follow the treatment and your doctor’s recommendations.
What is the difference between red and white stretch marks?

Red-the new- stretch marks are more easily treated than the white ones with a combination of LASER treatment plan whereas the white stretch marks often require a combination of Carboxy, radiofrequencies and Magellan® TruPRP™ autologous mesotherapy. White stretch marks will probably require a larger number of treatment sessions to achieve a better clinical result. Often, they appear as hypopigmented sores looking pale in color in comparison to the natural color of the skin. RF Microneedling and LASERs are able to trigger elastin and collagen as well as to optimize their appearance. But, not everybody is a suitable candidate to receive a stretch mark treatment as the size of the stretch marks, the skin color and patients expectations which should be realistic at all times play an important 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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