Stretch marks and aesthetic cellulite are a frequent problem for most women: they considerably affect their physical appearance and generate intense discomfort.
Although it is impossible to eliminate them completely, there are highly effective treatments that help minimize their appearance and significantly improve the affected area, to such an extent that these alterations become almost imperceptible.
But before we go into the subject of aesthetic treatments for stretch marks and scars, let’s see in detail what both ailments are about.
What are stretch marks?
They are atrophic scars generated by the tearing of the skin, specifically of the cutaneous elastic reticule, which is responsible for giving elasticity to the tissue.
Different causes cause this rupture. It can be an excessive increase or decrease in weight, frequent and strong friction, hormonal alterations, tissue distension, etc.
Stretch marks usually appear during puberty. This is due to intense hormonal activity, and they are mainly located in the gluteal region.
Pregnancies where the woman gains excessive weight or multiple pregnancies can cause the appearance of stretch marks. The skin is subjected to such great tension that it can not withstand it and tears.
Physical activity involving heavy lifting and a significant increase in muscle mass can also be responsible for the appearance of stretch marks.
When the tear occurs, the stretch mark looks bright red or purple. This is because they still receive blood supply and are at the right point to be treated with great chances of elimination.
As it heals, it becomes pearly, and it is impossible to remove. Treatments at this stage focus on smoothing and improving skin tone to reduce its visibility.
What is cellulite?
Edematous-fibrosclerotic panniculopathy, better known as cellulite, is a frequent alteration of the subcutaneous tissue that mainly affects the legs, thighs, and buttocks.
It is a condition of the female gender almost exclusively, except for a few exceptions that can be seen in some men.
The approach to cellulite is a fairly complex process that involves working in synergy with several methodologies, plus the contribution of the person to the change of harmful lifestyle habits, healthy eating, physical activity, etc. for life.
Aesthetic treatments to remove stretch marks
As we have highlighted at the beginning of the article, red stretch marks are those that have great possibilities of elimination, while when they have become pearly, it only remains to disguise them.
There are several techniques focused on it, namely:
The iPixel Fractionated Carbon Dioxide laser softens and eliminates stretch marks by eroding and eliminating superficial layers of skin, while the heat it emits stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers by the fibroblast.
Microdermabrasion with aluminum microcrystals
It deeply exfoliates the skin, promoting natural repair through cell regeneration and increased collagen and elastin production.
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and retinol (vitamin A) are often used to treat the body’s stretchy skin.
Also, peels with trichloroacetic acid, mandelic acid, lactobionic acid and enzymatic peels with bromelain.
Peelings have to be complemented with other techniques such as high frequency, ultrasound or radiofrequency.
It increases the peripheral circulation of the treated area, thus improving cellular nutrition and oxygenation, and has a vasodilator and hyperemiant effect.
Fractionated bipolar radiofrequency
Regenerates collagen fibers and emits thermal energy fractionally into the deep dermis, remodeling the tissue from the inside out.
The sessions result in much firmer and restored skin, with fewer irregularities.
3Mhz aesthetic ultrasound has the ability to reactivate the generation of collagen fibers, promoting a much denser and better quality fibrillar network.
These are just some of the treatments available in the aesthetic cabinet for the treatment of stretch marks. It should also be emphasized that they must be complemented with therapies that facilitate the penetration of active ingredients indicated for these scars (rosehip and vitamins A and E).
The most commonly used are electroporation, known as virtual mesotherapy, and iontophoresis.
Aesthetic treatments for cellulite
Cellulite treatment requires the implementation of several techniques plus the patient’s contribution with changes in diet, adequate physical activity, and elimination of bad lifestyle habits.
Some of the most commonly used treatments are:
This device performs a deep massage and suction to generate changes in the connective tissue. It stimulates the microcirculation of the treated area, works on the hypodermic connective tissues, helps in the elimination of toxins, promotes cellular exchange and mobilizes the conjunctive gel, restoring the smoothness of the skin.
The equipment offers great results in the treatment of cellulite and localized adiposity through the application of infrared light, radiofrequency, roller massage and vacuum.
Accent XL Radiofrequency
This device has a unipolar and bipolar head that heats the tissue up to 3 cm2 deep, generating tightening of the dermis, improving its texture, and eliminating adiposity and cellulite accumulations.
Manual lymphatic drainage
It drains lymph, eliminates toxins and considerably reduces edema. It is more effective than pressotherapy and is indispensable for the treatment of cellulite.
This equipment emits superficial electromagnetic pulses capable of penetrating the tissue from 3 to 3.5 cm, causing biological, physical, chemical, and cellular effects.
This treatment is used to enhance the action of other cellulite therapies.