Why do some people have stretch marks?
Stretch marks can be very noticeable, depending on their depth and colour. Known as Striae, a stretch mark is a pigmented, indented mark appearing on the skin when the middle layer of the skin has been stretched too suddenly. They start by looking red or purple and over time, they will often fade to a lighter color.
How can MD Aesthetics Improve Stretch Marks?
Micro-needling can be effective in reducing the width, depth, and fading the colour of the marks. Micro-needling equipment produces hundreds of tiny needle punctures in the skin. This micro trauma triggers the natural healing response of the body which in turn results in new collagen formation (neocollagenesis) which tightens the skin, making the marks seem narrower and much less indented. During the micro-needling treatment, Vitamin A and C are infused into the skin as well to ensure collagen production are maximized.
This procedure is suitable for the face, arms, abs, and thighs. It is also a great treatment following liposuction.
How many treatments do I need?
Treatment course depends on many factors including patient goals, skin condition, and the size and location of the treatment area. The following guidelines are approximations. An individual treatment plan will be determined during consultation. For stretch marks we recommend 6 treatments 2 weeks apart.
Why is home care important?
To ensure optimal skin healing response, the application of topical Vitamins A and C is essential for a period of at least two weeks prior to your procedure and then throughout the process. A home care roller is provided along with topical Vitamin A and C . Tiny micro needles on the roller puncture the outer layer of the epidermis, the main barrier to penetration of active ingredients. As a result, ingredients in the skin care products easily penetrate optimizing skin rejuvenation. Healthy skin requires vitamins A and C and antioxidants not only help repair damaged skin but also protect it from future damage. Because we don’t always get adequate levels of vitamins in our diet, it is important to include them as part of our skin- care regime. Adequate nourishment of the skin with Vitamins A and C will ensure that the metabolic processes for collagen production are maximized with your Collagen Therapy treatments. These important molecules will help in the production of collagen for a more youthful look.
Who cannot participate in micro-needling?
This procedure is not indicated if you have skin cancer, have an active skin infection, acne or herpes, are on Anticoagulation therapy such as warfarin, heparin, and other oral anticoagulants, have an allergy to local anesthetic agents, are immune compromised or have other conditions that affect healing,,have an extremely rare but severe form of keloid scarring.
These issues are to be discussed and determined by the physician.
Is there any downtime?
Patients typically experience mild sensitivity, inflammation and redness after treatment; signs that the fine micro points have penetrated the epidermis. The perforated stratum cornium will close within minutes and the sensitivity and redness should abate within 2 to 5 hours. Although rare, some bruising may occur.
How do I start Collagen Therapy?
As with any treatment at MD Aesthetics, it is always best to start with a general consultation to discuss your concerns and goals. At this time we will discuss options and provide a comprehensive plan of action that best meets your needs.
Disclaimer: Similar and/or permanent results are not guaranteed based on the treatment/procedure and may vary from patient to patient, based on multiple factors, including genetics and lifestyle of each patient. Read Full Disclaimer