Stretch marks or striae are caused by rapid stretching of the skin. Commonly seen after pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss, or rapid growth during adolescence, stretch marks initially present as red or purple marks. They are in fact “scars” caused by over-stretching of the elastic middle layer of the skin known as the dermis. Over time these reddish stretch marks fade to leave silver or white streaks which may also feel crepey to touch.
Stretch marks treatment can provide some excellent benefits in terms of your physical health and self-worth as well as your emotional well-being.
One of the most exciting applications of fractional Erbium YAG laser is for stretch marks removal. A recent pilot study of 20 patients showed significant improvement in the appearance and texture of mature (white) stretch marks after 3 treatments were performed on moderate settings. Redness in the treated areas does seem to persist a little longer on the body than in the face, however this fades in time. The fractional laser works by increasing the number of collagen and elastin fibres.
At MBC, we perform laser skin tightening by using Nd YAG laser prior to the fractional Erbium YAG laser. A laser beam is passed under the skin to heat up collagen fibres inducing the formation of new collagen. The formation of new collagen helps the skin to contract. The laser energy can be seen as “kick-starting” a natural healing process that helps to stimulate fresh, healthy tissue, resulting in smoother skin. Patients report a greater than 50% improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks.
RF Venus Sculpt uses a magnetic pulse component that induces the release of growth factors required for the sprouting of new blood vessels and the rapid growth of skin cells. The radio frequency component induces collagen and elastin production by creating controlled damage and triggering the skin’s healing process.
The intended result is more vital, toned and healthy looking skin with improved elasticity and texture.
It is especially suitable for those with darker skin tone as unlike lasers, radio frequency is “colour blind” and the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is minimal. Several sessions, average 8 to 10 weekly treatments will be required for optimal result.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that contains a high concentration of platelets which activate collagen production in the skin. At the start of this treatment we take a small amount of your blood, put it in a test tube and then spin it in a centrifuge. As your red and white cells fall to the bottom the platelets contained in your blood rise to the top in the form of a golden liquid. This substance that is referred to as PRP is your plasma which is made up of platelets that are rich in growth factors. When these growth factors are injected under the skin they stimulate the stem cells which induces collagen formation, thereby tightening the skin.
These treatments may be combined to get a faster and better result.