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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks present a common aesthetic concern for many individuals, resulting from the rapid expansion of the skin during pivotal life stages such as puberty, pregnancy, fluctuations in weight, or bodybuilding activities. Although not medically harmful, these indelible marks can evoke cosmetic apprehensions for both women and men, albeit more frequently affecting women.It is important to note that stretch marks do not signify aging or poor health. Rather, they constitute a natural aspect of life for many individuals. At Luxe Nova Medical Aesthetics & Wellness, we recognize the impact these marks may have on one's confidence. While the prevention of stretch marks is not guaranteed, our specialized treatments are designed to significantly alleviate their appearance, offering clients transformative and noteworthy results.

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What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks, scientifically referred to as striae, manifest as a type of scar resulting from the rapid stretching of the skin. This swift expansion induces damage to the collagen and elastin fibers within the skin, giving rise to the appellation "stretch" marks.

The presentation of these marks can exhibit variability based on factors such as individual skin type, the intensity of the stretching, the location on the body, and the age of the stretch marks. Newly formed stretch marks often exhibit hues of red or purple, while older ones tend to take on a silvery or white appearance. Additionally, stretch marks may present as either indented or raised, further contributing to the diversity of their visual characteristics.


Where Do Stretch Marks Appear?

Stretch marks are most common in areas of the body prone to rapid growth or weight gain, such as the abdomen, breasts, hips, thighs and buttocks. They can occur during puberty, pregnancy and bodybuilding. No skin tone or skin type is immune to them.

Collagen and elastin fibers are responsible for giving the skin its strength and elasticity. But when these fibers are damaged, the skin loses its ability to stretch and return to its original shape, leading to their formation.

Treating Stretch Marks With Alma Hybrid & Opus Plasma RF

Both laser treatment platforms employ heat energy to facilitate the generation of new collagen and elastin within the skin, contributing to enhanced skin volume and a reduction in visible signs of aging.

Opus Plasma utilizes fractional radiofrequency (RF) technology to administer controlled heat energy to the skin. This method involves the delivery of RF energy in small, precise pulses, effectively minimizing the potential for side effects. On the other hand, Alma Hybrid combines the application of CO2 and 1570nm lasers to impart heat to the skin. The CO2 laser is instrumental in removing the outermost layer of skin, while the 1570nm laser facilitates the stimulation of new collagen and elastin, collectively contributing to a rejuvenated and revitalized skin appearance.

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How Does Alma Hybrid Help Ease Stretch Marks?

Alma Hybrid is a fractional laser system that combines an ablative CO2 laser, a non-ablative 1570nm laser, and ultrasound technology to treat various skin conditions, including stretch marks.

The ablative CO2 laser refreshes the top layer of the skin and stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin. The non-ablative 1570nm laser works by heating the deeper layers of the skin, which also promotes collagen production. Ultrasound technology helps deliver the laser energy effectively and evenly, which results in better results.

The combination of these three technologies makes Alma Hybrid a very effective treatment. The ablative CO2 laser rids the skin of old, damaged cells, making it easier for new collagen and elastin to grow, while the non-ablative laser helps to stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. Together, with ultrasound, this improves the overall appearance.

Treating Stretch Marks with Opus Plasma-RF

Opus Plasma by Alma Lasers is a fractional radiofrequency (RF) treatment that uses a unique combination of RF energy and plasma sparks to help ease the look of stretch marks. It is the first and only unipolar radiofrequency treatment of its kind.

RF energy is a type of electromagnetic energy that can heat tissue. When RF energy is applied to the skin, it forces existing collagen and elastin to contract and produce new collagen and elastin, which improves the appearance of them. Opus Plasma uses metal pins that are supercharged with high voltage that, when close to the skin, react to atmospheric pressure in the air.

Opus’s “plasma” component is a state of matter that is created when gas is ionized (plasma). When plasma sparks are made in the skin, they create micro-thermal zones of fractional skin injuries, which helps to deliver RF energy more effectively and evenly. The natural healing process jumpstarts collagen production through a wound-healing response, similar to microneedling. However, Opus Plasma uses radiofrequency and microplasma instead of needles.


Will Stretch Marks Fade Over Time?

Yes, although stretch marks are permanent, they can fade over time, especially with aesthetic intervention. The severity of the stretch marks and your skin type will determine how much they fade. As the skin heals from being rapidly stretched, the collagen and elastin fibers begin to repair themselves. This process can take several months or even years. The stretch marks will fade as the collagen and elastin fibers rebuild.

What Do Stretch Marks Look Like?

In the early stages, stretch marks typically appear as raised, reddish or purplish lines or indentations on the skin. They may have a slightly glossy appearance to them. Over time, as stretch marks mature, they can become lighter in color, ranging from pink, white, or silver. The texture of stretch marks can also vary as well, with some individuals describing them as slightly indented or depressed in the skin.

How Do I Prevent Stretch Marks?

While it may be difficult to prevent stretch marks, you can minimize them from appearing on your skin. Keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated helps make it more pliable and resistant to collagen damage. Wearing sunscreen and avoiding rapid weight loss or weight gain is also helpful.

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