Is there a way to treat unwanted stretch marks?

Whether you’ve experienced significant weight loss or have recently been pregnant, you may be well aware of the marks on the skin known as stretch marks. Stretch marks are imperfections that develop on the second layer of skin called the dermis. They remain after periods where the skin has been stretched tight. These streaks form anywhere on the body, but are most commonly seen on the stomach, thighs, and breasts. Many of these are visible when patients wear a bathing suit, which can make them feel self-conscious about their skin’s appearance.

While there are many creams and lotions on the market that tout the ability to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, most of these fail to provide the results patients desire. This is when patients visit the practice of Dr. Jack Bertolino in Williamsville, NY to learn about effective alternative treatments with a professional. At Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics, we understand how embarrassing some of these marks and imperfections on the skin can be and offer solutions that truly work at reducing and even eliminating stretch marks on the skin. While many of them cannot be eliminated completely, the following solutions are often used to make them far less noticeable without the need for plastic surgeries. Determining eh best treatment for your needs will start with a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with our providers to decide the severity of the stretch marks and to make appropriate recommendations based on the patient’s unique situation.

Methods of treatment

At Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics, we are pleased to offer the following solutions for stretch marks:

  • Dermawave ultrasonic treatment
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies
  • Microneedling treatments
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

Address stretch marks for good!

If you have been bothered by your stretch marks and are seeking a treatment that works, connect with Dr. Jack Bertolino and the team at Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics. We can assist you in choosing the procedure best suited for your needs at our practice, conveniently located at 5839 Main Street, Suite #102 in Williamsville, NY. Call (716) 633-6100 to make an appointment with our front office staff to be evaluated for stretch mark treatment.

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Post Pregnancy Stretch Marks: How to Get Rid of Them

If this is your first pregnancy, you will quickly learn that there are only a few things that you have control over and one of them is your body. Although there are simple things you can do to alleviate nausea and help get rid of the potential for stretch marks, ultimately, your body is going to do what it’s going to do; no matter how much stretch cream lotion and oil you apply. If you have some unwanted post-pregnancy stretch marks that are making you feel a little self-conscious, Dr. Jack Bertolino has a few solutions to help you get rid of them. Let’s take a closer look.

What Are Stretch Marks?

Before we delve into the different stretch mark treatment options we offer, let’s take a look at what stretch marks are and how they are caused. Your skin is the largest organ on your body, and although it can stretch and grow with your body, sometimes there isn’t enough collagen in your skin to keep up with how fast it grows; leaving you with stretch marks. Another factor that leads to stretch marks during pregnancy? Hormones.

How Can They Be Treated?

Some stretch marks will fade on their own with time. Other stretch marks, however, need a little bit more tender love and care to get rid of them. Luckily, here at our office, Dr. Jack Bertolino offers patients four different stretch mark solutions.

  • IPL
  • Microneedling
  • PRP
  • Ultrasonic Dermawave

No Recovery Time

The great news about all of these treatments is that they are all non-invasive which means that you won’t have to worry about any surgery or recovery time. And, as a new parent, we know just how valuable all of your time is.

Is It Safe For Nursing?

If you are a nursing mother, we may recommend that you wait until after you’re done nursing to undergo any of these procedures. However, during your initial consultation with our staff, we will go over all of your options.

What If I Plan On Having More Babies?

Depending on the severity of your stretch marks, we may recommend that you wait until you’re entirely done having babies to get one of these stretch mark treatments. However, many women prefer to enjoy their body and their skin in between pregnancies, which is enough reason to treat stretch marks sooner rather than later.

Having a baby and going through a pregnancy is a real joy for many women. However, it can also leave you with a body full of stretch marks. If you are interested in learning more about any of the stretch mark option we offer, schedule a consultation at our office and call us at (716) 633-6100.

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Embrace Your Weight Loss Without the Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks Removal Williamsville, NYIf you’ve recently lost a lot of weight, a congratulation is in order! Losing weight not only requires extreme dedication and perseverance, but it also requires more work than most people are aware of. And although fitting into smaller clothes and reading a number you never thought you’d see on the scale are two accomplishments worth bragging about, there are some adverse effects of weight loss that many people don’t talk about like stretch marks.

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks occur when the skin has been overstretched over weak connective tissue which forms a type of scarring. Stretch marks appear as smooth, linear lines across areas of the body such as the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, and arms— although they can appear elsewhere on the body. Typically, stretch marks start out as long red or purple streaks across your skin and then fade to an almost silvery color later on.

How Are They Caused?

Although you only see the top layer of your skin (the epidermis) your skin is comprised of three separate layers including the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. When the connective tissue (the dermis) has been overstretched, stretch marks form.

Are Stretch Marks Permanent?

Depending on your skin, your stretch marks can fade over time, or they may need some treatment for you to see the results. During your initial consultation with Dr. Jack Bertolino, we will go over your treatment options. Depending on the severity of your stretch marks, Jack Bertolino offers a variety of solutions including:

  • Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
  • Microneedling
  • Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Ultrasonic Dermawave

Losing weight is a large accomplishment that shouldn’t be overshadowed by your stretch marks. Schedule your stretch mark treatment consultation with our Williamsville office today!

4 Ways to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks RemovalWhether you recently gained a lot of weight, lost a lot of weight, or went through a pregnancy, you likely developed some stretch marks along the way. When your skin stretches at a rapid rate, it can sometimes cause little lines to appear around areas of your body like your stomach, upper thighs, buttocks, hips, upper arms, and breasts. Depending on the type and location of stretch marks that you have, Dr. Jack Bertolino offers four safe, easy, and effective treatments. Read on to learn more.

  1. Ultrasonic Dermawave

Ultrasonic Dermawave is a type of PhotoRejuvenation that is used to help tighten the skin, produce collagen, and get rid of the overall appearance of stretch marks. One of the biggest benefits of Ultrasonic Dermaware is the fact that it is a non-invasive treatment which means that you will get results without having to go under the knife.

  1. IPL

Depending on the location and vibrancy of your stretch marks, IPL may or may not be the right option for you. Ideally, IPL is used to treat more subtle stretch marks across the body. By using intense pulse light therapy, this treatment helps to slowly get rid of your stretch marks and boost your skin’s collagen to get rid of any dimpling.

  1. Micro Needling

Micro needling is a treatment that uses hundreds of tiny needles to make microscopic wounds in your skin. Once your skin has been punctured, your body will naturally heal itself which will get rid of your stretch marks. Depending on your skin’s condition, a series of six treatments every two to four weeks is recommended.

  1. PRP

Similar to the treatments listed above, Platelet Rich Plasma uses your body’s natural healing power to get rid of your stretch marks.  By removing a portion of your blood, PRP is known to help promote healing across the skin and body.

As you can see, there are a variety of different treatments Dr. Jack Bertolino can use to get rid of your stretch marks. To learn more about all of these treatments and to find out what kind is right for you, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino today.

 

 

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!