A treatment for stretch marks that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been released to the public in the US.
Strialite, developed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr Roland K Downs, is a patent-pending, hand-held device that combines the medical indications of topical warming with skin-penetrating light emitting diodes (LEDs) to reduce the appearance of the marks.
The 633nm light emitted by Strialite aims to penetrate the skin’s dermis layer and stimulate the cell’s mitochondria to produce more collagen. At the same time, the Strialite heating elements aim to increase circulation, thus allowing vital collagen building blocks to travel to the stretch mark region and aid the healing process.
“Patients have been asking me how to get rid of their stretch marks for my entire career,” commented Dr Downs. “But when my own 18-year-old daughter was upset about the stretch marks she’d developed from puberty, it really hit home. After all these years, no one had developed a solution. So, I decided to do it myself. And it’s why we’re introducing the first, FDA-cleared, safe, effective and pain free device that diminishes the appearance of stretch marks.”
The creator claims the treatment can be applied on the abdomen, hips, thighs—anywhere stretch marks have developed. Users are advised to apply Strialite to the desired area for 20 uninterrupted minutes, two times per week.
Results are said to be apparent after two to six weeks of use, but can vary per individual. Some individuals will require more or fewer numbers of treatments to achieve adequate improvement.
Dr Downs advises that the device should not be used in pregnancy.