What’s your experience in using Stratamark?
I am involved in a clinical trial with Stratamark and other clients. The aim is to assess the effectiveness of Stratamark in the prevention of stretch marks, and also in the reduction of stretch marks once present.
The trial is not yet finished, but the preliminary indications are that Stratamark is effective in reducing stretch marks; that there are fewer women getting stretch marks while using Stratamark; and that, in those women who have gotten stretch marks, their appearance is less severe.
What’s the difference between Stratamark and other options on the market?
Stratamark is based on specific understanding of the physiological causes of stretch marks, and ways to prevent that. Stretch marks are thought to be a version of scarring, and the principle ingredient of Stratamark changes the way the tissue scars and helps normalise the collagen synthesis cycle.
Some people might find benefit in using other preparations, but these products have not been rigorously tested.
How do you apply Stratamark?
During the trial, patients have been using a small amount of Stratamark everyday, from mid-pregnancy onwards.
The study is restricted to using Stratamark on the skin of the abdominal wall – this is for photographic purposes. However, Stratamark can be used on stretch marks on other areas of the body, such as the breasts, thighs and buttocks.
What are some of the changes you’ve seen in your patients after using Stratamark?
Some women are very sensitive about the appearance of stretch marks, and are conscious of the visibility of stretch marks while wearing swimwear or certain clothing. A treatment to reduce the appearance of stretch marks can be very positive in restoring confidence in these patients.
During the Stratamark trial, many partners of patients have told me how great the product has been in improving their partner’s confidence, and that this has had a positive impact on their relationship as a couple.
Is there any way to predict the likelihood of an individual getting stretch marks?
It is very difficult to predict which patients will be affected by stretch marks, as the condition of the skin is often a poor indication. Stretch marks are seen across women of all ages, skin types and socio-economic groups.
There is definitely a racial variance in the prevalence of stretch marks. And I have a suspicion there may be a genetic predisposition involved – but this is just a suspicion!