Stretch Marks

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks (also known as striae), are formed when the connective collagen fibers of the dermis are stretched beyond their capacity, which essentially tears the skin and causes scarring. Typically found on the stomach, hips, breasts, arms and thighs, stretch marks are usually caused by weight gain, pregnancy, puberty or other hormonal changes. Although they are completely harmless, they are often an embarrassing concern for both men and women.

90% of women will experience stretch marks during their third trimester of pregnancy. Lighter skin types tend to develop pinkish stretch marks, while those with darker skin are likely to have stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone.

Factors that influence whether or not a pregnant woman will get stretch marks:

  • Heredity: If your mother had them, it’s likely that you will too.
  • Ethnicity: Women with lighter skin tones are more prone to them.
  • Water: Keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day decreases your chance of getting stretch marks.
  • Scratching: Itchiness may occur as your stomach expands. Use a rich moisturizer instead of scratching to alleviate itching.
  • Exercise: Sweating frees the body of toxins, and helps to keep your skin supple and soft by improving tone and elasticity.

How can I treat my Stretch Marks?

Up until recent times, the only way to remove stretch marks was by going under the knife and having cosmetic surgery. Now, thank to technological advances in the cosmetic industry, stretch marks can be removed with both the Cutera™ Pearl Fractional laser and Cutera™ Laser Genesis (depending on the type and severity of the stretch marks) in as little as an hour with minimal downtime or discomfort. Laser pulses are penetrated deep into the dermis to stimulate the production of new collagen and repair stretch marks and other imperfections. Maximum results will be visible within one to three months of treatment and as your body continues to produce collagen, your healthy, new tissue will begin to reveal. In short, laser therapy actually “fills in” your stretch marks during the treatment process!

How long do the results from laser Stretch Mark removal last?

Laser therapy is a permanent solution for stretch marks, but more than one treatment may be necessary to completely diminish the appearance of deeper stretch marks. New stretch marks may occur with pregnancies or weight gains, but they too can be removed with Pearl Fractional.

Not sure if you’re a candidate for laser stretch mark removal? Contact NewDermaMed today for a complimentary skin evaluation to determine the best skin care solution for you.

Skin Resurfacing with the Cutera™ Pearl Fractional

From wrinkles to stretch marks and everything in between, Pearl Fractional is the “one laser” to choose to renew the surface of the skin with instant and noticeable results after just one treatment. Fractional skin resurfacing uses micro-beams of laser energy to create areas of affected tissue that extend through the epidermis into the dermis. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the areas of affected tissue, resulting in healthier, younger looking skin.

Pearl Fractional laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns on different areas of the body, such as:

  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Stretch marks
  • Surgical scars
  • Enlarged pores
  • Moderate to severe acne scars
  • Fine lines
  • Moderate to deep wrinkles
  • Melasma
  • Sun damage
  • Skin laxity
  • Uneven pigmentation

When compared to traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing, Pearl Fractional produces similar results with much less downtime and significant results after only a single treatment. A recent comparative study to other fractional devices demonstrated that Pearl Fractional was a more comfortable patient experience; further, the treatment is possible with only topical anesthetics.

Because of the intensity of skin resurfacing, we strongly advise patients to consider laser skin resurfacing during the winter months to avoid damage causing UV ray exposure from the sun on newly resurfaced, fresh skin.

Not sure if you’re a candidate for Pearl Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing? Contact NewDermaMed today for a complimentary skin evaluation to determine the best skin care solution for you.

Health Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 is essential for overall health and vitality. The anti-inflammatory fatty acids enable the reduction of acne and improve the health of the skin cell membrane, by providing a barrier against harmful properties resulting from the environment. The membrane is the powerhouse of the cell’s ability to hold water and thus, yields moister within the skin for softer, more robust and wrinkle-free skin.

Amongst the many benefits, omega 3 aids the delivery of nutrients to effectively enter the cell, while ensuring waste is properly discarded. This process helps to guard the skin against becoming acne-prone or rosacea prone, and further promotes “anti-aging” properties. Its anti-inflammatory traits have also been linked to mood-enhancing benefits.

To maintain a healthier skin complexion, make sure to incorporate foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The foods highest in omega-3 fatty acids include seafood (especially tuna and salmon) as well as walnuts, canola oil, and flax seed.

For individuals that want to consume omega-3 in the form of supplements, intake a tablespoon of fish oil. Make sure there are no added preservatives or fragrances, and the oil has been purified to remove any mercury or other toxic substances. If you prefer tablet forms, intake 200mg DHA and 300 mg EPA omega-3 pills daily.

Individuals suffering from skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, melasma, skin aging, hyperpigmentation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, should avoid foods that spike insulin levels, including sugar, white flour, simple carbohydrates and starchy goods. Insulin is directly linked to spike in inflammation, which can irritate and worsen any skin condition.

For more information on how to maintain healthy skin, as well as to treat any existing skin conditions, contact NewDermaMed Cosmetic and Advanced Laser Clinic. Our board-certified medical professionals will be happy to provide you with a free consultation with the VISIA Complexion Analysis. With this revolutionary medical technology we are able to assess your current skin condition and effectively assist you with all your inquiries and concerns regarding your skin care regimen.