Excited for summer, but not thrilled at the thought of exposing your stretch marks? Don’t let anything hold you back from sporting your favourite swimsuit this season, book your safe and effective stretch mark treatment at Enlighten Laser and Skin Care Clinics.
Stretch marks, those tiny pigmented lines along our stomachs and inner thighs caused from the rapid stretching of skin, affect roughly 80 percent of women. During pregnancy especially, it is important to use creams and oils to help minimize the scarring that can occur from rapid stretching. Even if precautions are taken, sometimes stretch marks (otherwise known as striae) are unavoidable—that’s where Enlighten Laser and Skin Care Clinic’s Photorejuvenation treatments can help.
Photorejuvenation for stretch marks
Photorejuvenation is a non-invasive procedure that used intense pulsed light (IPL) energy to improve skin clarity and texture, for a more even complexion. Although this treatment is often performed on the face, our technology can be used anywhere on the body. To remove unwanted pigmentation and scars of all kinds, including stretch marks.
Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched too quickly for your skin laxity. Breaking the collagen and elastin fibres deep within the dermis. Most common during pregnancy, puberty, or when weight is rapidly gained, stretch marks are extremely common, especially among women. Photorejuvenation treatments at Enlighten Laser and Skin Care Clinics can effectively remove stretch mark pigmentation, without any lengthy downtime or intense discomfort.
How does it work on stretch marks?
Using the power of IPL energy, Photorejuvenation can gently and effectively remove unwanted pigmentation from anywhere on the face or body. Our IPL device is made up of what appears as one bright light. But what is actually a multitude of different light wavelengths. Each of these wavelengths are attracted to a different skin condition. Ensuring all pigmentation or textural issues are resolved with just one treatment. These lights work to absorb red pigmentation, remove brown pigmentation, while also stimulating the production of new collagen to improve skin texture. As stretch marks can be a variety of colours, depending on your skin tone, this treatment is perfect for every type of stretch mark.
How my stretch marks are treated?
At Enlighten Laser and Skin Care Clinic, our expert technicians begin each Photorejuvenation treatment by applying a cold gel to the treated area. Protective glasses will then be given to you to wear, as the light is extremely bright. The surface of the IPL head then smooths over the skin and small light pulses are applied. Many of our clients have compared the sensation to that of a rubber band snapping against the skin. Some have said any discomfort is completely tolerable. As this is a non-invasive procedure, nearly all of our clients are able to return to their daily activities immediately, no downtime required. In as little as 30 minutes, you can be on your way to smoother. More even skin along the most common stretch mark areas, such as the abdomen, breasts, thighs and buttocks.
Immediately after treatment, skin become temporarily red, however this reaction normally subsides after the first 24 hours. Any brown pigmentation will become darker, until naturally flaking off after a few days (don’t pick!). To protect the treated area from any further pigmentation or damage. We ask that you please avoid direct sun exposure of the treatment area and apply an SPF of at least 30 when UV rays cannot be avoided. After each treatment, your technician will walk you through the best aftercare practices.
What are the stretch mark treatment results?
To achieve optimal results, we recommend around five to six total treatments spaced about three or four weeks apart. Through the duration of treatment and in the weeks after the final session, your stretch marks will gradually fade and decrease in pigmentation. The tone and texture of skin will be noticeably more even and clear. Results are long lasting; however, touch-up treatments are encouraged to maintain optimal results.
Step out in confidence this summer, with stretch mark removal from the experts at Enlighten Laser and Skin Care Clinics. Book your free consultation today at any one of our nine locations across Canada.