Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are caused by hormone changes in our skin These hormone changes may be from pregnancy, weight loss or gain, or puberty. Periods of marked hormonal shifts often result in stretch marks.

Like any scar, they will not simply heal on their own. The damaged elastin protein fibers in the skin which are the cause of the stretch marks will not heal over time. Some treatments are now available which can help improve stretch marks, however.

The use of topical creams like retinoid products and alpha-hydroxy acids, combined with topical steroids can be used to aid in prevention. Talk to a physician if you are interested in preventing stretch marks.

Percuataneous Collagen Induction (PCI): Medical Rolling

Afterglow is pleased to offer a new treatment - Medical Rolling for the treatment of stretch marks and smoker’s lines using a Medical Roll-CIT™.

PCI or Medical Rolling is a safe and minimally invasive alternative to more abrasive and invasive procedures. The simple technique involves a hand-held roller tool with rows of fine 1mm needles that create minute channels into the dermis, inducing a natural process of skin rejuvenation. Medical Rolling of the skin creates tiny areas of trauma that initiate a natural process of healing which releases numerous growth factors and also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. As a result, the skin becomes smoother and tighter, without any damage to the overlying epidermis.

The epidermis is 0.2 mm thick and should at all times be kept intact to protect us from the environment and UV rays. Essentially one would aim for a thick, healthy outer layer of skin with collagen and elastin in the dermis and a good blood supply. The best way to achieve this is to feed the skin topically with vitamin A and antioxidant vitamin C, E and beta-carotene.

Topical vitamin A is well known for its skin normalizing effects, however, when it comes to wrinkles and sagging of the skin, the problems are in the dermis where collagen has been damaged and has become thinner. Percutaneous Collagen Induction is the ideal technique for treating wrinkles and shallow scars. The procedure is done with a topical anesthetic.

Needling releases growth factors, which create high levels of collagen and elastin which results in diminishing the appearance of smoker’s lines and stretch marks.

Optimum levels of new collagen and elastin can be seen after 5 months.

Typical candidates for this procedure are men and women with deep smokers lines which are otherwise difficult to erase with fillers and BOTOX® as well as patients who cannot afford the long recovery times associated with resurfacing procedures. Patients with dark skin, stretch marks and pigmentation issues, are also good candidates for this procedure.

Results are long lasting and do not require regular maintenance.

For further information about this novel procedure please contact us.

To book your complimentary consultation with Dr. Ebrahim and our experienced staff call (604) 980-3993 or email us at info@afterglowskincare.ca today!

ProFractional™ Laser for Stretch Marks

The ProFractional ™ resurfacing technology has revolutionized treatment for acne-scarred skin. Cosmetic enhancement with a ProFractional™ laser treatment can dramatically improve pigmentation changes caused by acne with little to no downtime, thanks to its revolutionary fractionated technology.

Stretch marks can be diminished using the same profractional technology that is used for the trestment of scars except that the laser beam does not penetrate very deep when treating stretch marks.

Downtime is therefore minimal. Treatments need to be repeated 2-4 times, 1 month apart.

The fractional laser technique is designed to target specific portions of damaged tissue. It creates tiny channels reaching depths appropriate for correcting acne scars. The treated areas stimulate the production of collagen, plumping up the skin and smoothing the scars and irregularities in the skin.

By creating microscopic "wounds" within the targeted areas, the treatment triggers the body's natural healing process accelerating the production of collagen and new, healthy skin cells.

This technology leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact, allowing your skin to heal much faster than if the entire skin surface were treated at once.

This great advancement allows for just a few days' healing time and produces excellent results.

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To book your complimentary consultation with our Physician and experienced staff call (604) 980-3993 or email us at info@afterglowskincare.ca today!