Stretch Mark Removal
Just because stretch marks are normal doesn’t mean you have to live with them.
Stretch Marks, also known as Striae, are a common part of life for many men and women.
Ninety five percent (95%) of women are affected either during puberty or pregnancy. Men and children may also suffer from stretch marks, and it occurs equally among races.
There are a number of causes, including, but not limited to, rapid changes in weight, adolescent growth spurts, corticosteroid use or Cushing Syndrome. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, body building, hormone replacement therapy and generally appear on the abdomen, breasts (in women), buttocks, thighs, knees, calves or lumbosacral areas. 90% of all pregnant women develop stretch marks either on their breasts and/or abdomen by the third trimester.
There are many different reasons why a person develops this form of scarring of the skin. Until the development of the Sublative treatment, few solutions were offered for this condition. They first appear as reddish or purple lines, but tend to gradually fade to a lighter range. The affected areas appear empty and are soft to the touch. Stretch marks occur in the dermis on the resilient middle layer that helps the skin retain its shape. No stretch marks will form as long as there is support within the dermis.
“The greatest advantage of Sublative when compared to other technologies is in the small amount of skin disruption in comparison to its final effect. It gives the best results for shallow to middle depth facial post-acne scars and narrow stretch marks. Patients are impressed by visible improvements after each session and are willing to return for more treatments as necessary.” Sandi Luft, MD
Over the years, different treatment modalities we retested for their efficacy and safety in all skin types. Studies using topical tretinoin resulted in some improvements, but efficacy was limited to acute Striae. A combined treatment using sand abrasion and 15% trichloracetic acid has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of all types of Striae; however, there is a learning curve for physicians using this open wound technique and a positive outcome is dependent upon the patient’s strict adherence to post-wound care instructions. Additional drawbacks include the significant downtime, and the increased risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (PIH) for darker skin types. Treatments with UVB light therapy yielded only transient results. Clinical studies examining the use of IPL had shown positive histological changes, but they were unmatched by clinical and patient evaluations. With the difficulty of treating stretch marks, and given the limitations and associated risks of laser systems using cryogen-based cooling, a need was raised for the development of alternative treatment therapies.
“A series of treatments with Sublative helps create volume by stimulating neocollagenesis in the scar and evening out the appearance of the skin.” Shlomit Halachmi, MD, PhD
A team of specialists and the industry leading medical device company, Syneron Candela, worked on a better solution. One of the leading doctors on this team was Dr. Maurice Adatto from Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Adatto is a well-known researcher, writer and lecturer in the medical aesthetic world, and as a dermatological surgeon, very experienced with all kinds of skin diseases.
"We have extensively studied the Sublative approach in the treatment of striae and found a noticeable and measurable improvement in the depth, width and color of striae after very few treatments.” Maurice Adatto, MD
Sublative technology is neither laser nor light based. Instead, this one-of-a-kind technology uses fractionated bi-polar radio-frequency directed to the skin in the form of a matrix. This fractional delivery of RF energy causes micro-epidermal ablative injuries with wider spread dermal coagulation. This initiates a strong wound healing response in the dermal matrix while also minimizing the damage to the epidermis. Less affected tissue surrounding the matrix points may be stimulated by heat which helps accelerate the healing process, leading to a smoother, more elastic appearance of the skin. The Sublative treatment is proven to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and discoloration. Sublative has been shown to be an effective and very safe procedure for all skin types with minimal side effects, discomfort or downtime.
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