The 411 On Stretch Marks

The medical name for stretch marks is striae distensae. That’s interesting information, but, unfortunately, if you have them, it doesn’t help the fact that stretch marks are unsightly and troublesome as summer approaches and sweaters and tights are replaced by shorts and swimming suits.

stretch marks removalStretch marks are are very common in both men and women. They are painless and are rarely a sign of a significant medical problem. They are, in fact, a form of scarring of the skin that is associated with rapid weight gain, as in pregnancy. They may also occur during puberty’s rapid growth spurts and occasionally occur following muscle building. They appear on the thighs, abdomen and chest as linear streaks on skin that has been overstretched. They begin as flat red lines, and over time, they change to shiny, white streaks.

There are several treatments for stretch marks, but none of them can remove stretch marks completely. The degree of success will depend on your skin tone, age, amount of cumulative sun damage your skin has had, and even your diet.

At Smooth Solutions, we offer four unique treatment types to help diminish the appearance of stretch marks. The severity of your marks will determine which of these treatments we will use:

 

  • Intense Pulse Light Therapy or IPL;
  • Microneedling;
  • Ultrasonic Derma-wave; or
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, a revolutionary procedure which harnesses the healing power of your body’s growth factors and platelets. PRP stimulates stem cell responses, facilitating the growth of new collagen and blood vessels. This helps repair, regenerate and renew damaged skin and reverse the signs of aging.

 

If you would like to learn more, call us today, at (716) 633.6100 to set up a consultation appointment. Remember: Spring is here…summer is just around the corner. Get your sweet self summer-ready…now is the perfect time!

Get Smooth At Smooth Solutions With The Asclepion MeDioStar XT Laser

It’s true. There is a certain confidence that comes with the feeling of soft, smooth legs – even though warm, cozy stockings and leggings are great winter cover-ups.

Chilly, winter weather is no excuse to stop shaving your legs – but shaving is a bit “old school” and unwanted leg hair is only one hair-raising issue. Dealing with body hair that shows up exactly in the places it is not wanted is quite another issue.

In addition to shaving, there is always plucking – ouch! And waxing – double-ouch! Aside from being painful, they are daily routine busters. Let’s face it: None are as fast, effective and efficient as laser hair removal – which gently, quickly, safely and effectively removes or reduces unwanted facial and body hair in a non-invasive way.

Laser hair removalAt Smooth Solutions, we use the Asclepion MeDioStar XT Laser System – one of the most advanced lasers available – to ensure you receive optimum results.

  • Lasers precisely and selectively target coarse, dark hair while leaving surrounding skin undamaged.
  • Beams of high-intensity light are used to penetrate your skin, destroying the hair root and inhibiting future hair growth in the treated follicles.
  • Each pulse of the laser takes just a fraction of a second and can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second.
  • The bikini line or upper lip can be treated in less than a minute; larger areas may take up to an hour.
  • Laser treatments leave your skin smoother than shaving or waxing.
  • Laser treatments are not just for women, by the way!

Unsure about laser hair removal? Here are a few things to think about:
If you wear clothing designed to cover unwanted hair
If your best efforts at DIY hair removal leave you with bumpy, ingrown hairs
If excess facial or body hair makes you feel self-conscious
If your razor is the one bathroom accessory you can’t live without…you are the perfect candidate for the Asclepion MeDioStar XT Laser.

Call for an appointment, today, and “Get Smooth”: (716) 633.6100.