Correction of scars and stretch marks
Corrective treatment of scars and stretch marks performed by Dr. Jean-François Tremblay, dermatologist dedicated to the practice of cosmetic dermatology, laser and cosmetic surgery at the MédIME clinic in Montreal.
MédIME offers several specialized techniques that can correct or improve the appearance of scars. The type of treatment will mainly depend on the type of scar (acne scars, post-surgery scar, hypertrophic or keloid scar, stretch narks or other type of scar).
These techniques include, among others, laser treatment, hyaluronic acid injections, microdermabrasion and surgery.
Treatment of stretch marks
Treatment of stretch marks performed by dermatologist Dr. Jean-François Tremblay and his team at the MédIME Clinic in Montreal.
Stretch marks, explains Dr. Jean-François Tremblay from the MédIME Clinic, are simply scars that form following weight gain or an increase in body mass caused by pregnancy, a growth spurt during puberty and even certain hormonal imbalances. The areas most often affected are the abdomen and breasts (pregnant women), followed by the arms, shoulders, hips, thighs and buttocks.
What do stretch marks look like?
In the early, inflammatory stage, stretch marks resemble pinkish or bluish-purplish lines that may or may not itch. As the inflammation peaks, the skin’s surface thins out and takes on a wrinkly appearance. As they mature, stretch marks return to a natural skin tone that is usually lighter than the surrounding skin tone (hypo-pigmented). The appearance of stretch marks can improve over time (several months or even several years), but in almost all cases, they never vanish entirely.
How can stretch marks be prevented?
- Certain creams containing vitamin A and other ingredients may help improve the appearance of stretch marks in the early phase. The result is generally limited though.
- According to Dr. Jean-François Tremblay, the VBeam Perfecta pulsed-dye laser is the most effective treatment for stretch marks in the early phase that are still red and inflamed. This treatment helps alleviate redness quickly and halts the harsh effects of the inflammatory reaction.
- For stretch marks in the more mature phases (white or hypo-pigmented and wrinkled), the most effective tool is the CO2 fractional laser. This treatment stimulates collagen repair, improves skin texture and diminishes the width of stretch marks. Some patients even notice an improvement in the color of their stretch marks (less contrast with the surrounding skin). Improved skin tone and general appearance are seen gradually over the first few weeks following the treatment.
- This treatment can be combined with other technology such as Thermage (tightening of the skin using radiofrequency) and Liposonix (liposculpture using focused ultrasound) to help firm the skin’s deeper layers and improve contours in the abdominal and hip areas after a pregnancy.