Stretch marks are bands of parallel lines on the skin’s surface. They often feel indented from the surrounding skin and have a slightly different texture. Stretch marks can vary in colour from light gray to pink and purple. For some people, stretch marks can feel sore or itchy. Stretch marks are most commonly found after a rapid change in weight, a growth spurt throughout adolescence, or pregnancy. Stretch marks are not dangerous or bad for your health in any way, but their appearance can make people self-conscious about their skin.
Stretch marks can exist just about anywhere on the body, but they are most commonly found on the stomach, breasts, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. They appear as a result of an increased amount of the hormone cortisone in your body. Cortisone is a natural hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands regularly. But an increased amount of cortisone production can lead to certain issues with skin elasticity, including stretch marks. The best part is that there is a very effective and safe method for removing the appearance of them with our stretch mark treatment Toronto!
A leading treatment for minimizing the appearance of stretch marks is Fotona 4D laser technology. Fotona is a European company that has developed a multipurpose laser that has the capability and technology to treat a variety of skin concerns. The treatment is non-ablative and delivers the laser energy as heat underneath the surface of the skin.
There are 3 steps in this stretch mark treatment Toronto, each targeting a different depth of the dermis to obtain the best results. The first step is the Fotona SMOOTH Mode. This step is the initial step causing thermal injury to the deepest layers of skin. This step also aids in skin tightening and collagen neogenesis. The second step is the Fractionated Laser Mode. In this step, the laser beam is directed at the stretch marks to cause injury precisely on the stretch mark area. This step allows the skin with the stretch marks to remodel itself, causing a smoothing out of the treated area in the following weeks. The third and last step is the Skin Tightening step. During this step, the surface layers of the skin are targeted to encourage collagen and elastin, a process called neocollagenesis.
The laser treatment needs to be preformed multiple times, varying from patient to patient due to individual characteristics. Typically, around 6 treatments spaced 2 to 3 weeks apart are necessary to achieve optimal and long-lasting results.
Cellulite is the common term for irregular and dimpled skin. Cellulite is a common issue for patients who are active and work on achieving a toned and fit body. Cellulite forms as a result of fibrous bands (septae) tightening irregularly. These fibrous bands connect to the underlying skin, which causes a pulling down of the skin, even causing it to break. This enables the layer of fat to push towards the skin. This sequence of events causes the dimpling or puckering look known as “cottage cheese” skin.
The most common areas on the body for women to have cellulite are the stomach, thighs, and buttocks, but it can be found in many parts of the body. Cellulite is a very common issue among adult women, as an estimated 90% of women have cellulite somewhere on their body.
Cellulite can worsen with age due to the loss of elastin and collagen. The decrease in production of these essential substances causes a loss of elasticity and less tolerance to resist tension made by fibrous bands.
Even though cellulite can look more pronounced on overweight individuals, women of all sizes and shapes can have the issue of cellulite. Even with weight loss or a very fit body, cellulite is often unavoidable. The good news is there are non-invasive ways to treat existing cellulite to significantly improve the appearance of your skin.
Cellfina is an approved and very effective treatment for patients looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite. This treatment is proven to effectively treat the primary cause of cellulite: the connective bands. As these tight bands (comparable to elastics under tension) pull down on the skin, they create the appearance of a “puckering” look on the skin’s surface.
The Cellfina treatment works to release the tension, just like on a rubber band, so the treated areas go back to normal, creating a smooth appearance on the skin. Results from the short in-office treatment, which takes less than 1 hour, can be seen within 1 to 3 days after the treatment.
The best part is that this treatment works in just 1 session! The results from the treatment can be seen for up to 3 years. This treatment is not currently offered at Sovereign Skin, but we can make some great recommendations for a doctor who can provide you with this treatment option.
The Fotona 4D Stretch Mark treatment is an option for people who are generally in good physical health and are looking to reduce any stretchmark appearance due to child birth, weight gain, or rapid growth due to adolescence. Cellfina treatments are best for non-smoking individuals who are generally healthy and not allergic to anesthesia or certain other medications. As this is not a weight loss system, the Cellfina treatment is best for people who are not significantly overweight and who are in good physical health.
The Fotona 4D Stretch Mark treatment is a safe treatment when performed by a licensed technician. After the stretch mark treatment, it is normal to feel tenderness and soreness in the treated area, but the feelings should subside in the following days after the stretch mark treatment. Sovereign Skin does offer the Fotona 4D Stretch Mark treatment.
Cellfina is a very safe treatment for cellulite when preformed correctly by a licensed physician. This treatment requires minimal downtime, and any side effects are very minor. The main side effects include temporary and mild bruising and soreness. Serious side effects are very unlikely when the Cellfina treatment is performed by a qualified doctor, whom our Sovereign Skin office can recommend.
Contact our Sovereign Skin office for further details about stretchmarks and cellulite treatment options!