Stretch marks are caused by tearing of the dermis. This is often from the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding, or hormone replacement therapy.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
Solution for: Scars, Large Pores, Melasma & Freckles
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a non-invasive, anti-aging and regenerative treatment. PRP is a concentration of platelets from your own blood that aid in tissue regeneration. It promotes regenerative and therapeutic properties that accelerate the replacement and healing of epidermal and muscle tissue.
PRP has been used successfully for years to heal sports injuries, but is now becoming the treatment of choice by to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, sun damage and even under eye dark circles.
Additionally, Platelet-Rich Plasma, is gaining in popularity for the same reasons athletes chose it: because of its organic nature and because it works. It uses plasma taken from the patient’s own blood instead of chemicals injected into the body. The possibility of side effects is practically nonexistent because the body is unlikely to reject its own blood.
Is PRP right for me?
PRP addresses issues like scarring, uneven skin tone or texture, stretch marks, aging and under-eye puffiness and dark circles. It results in a more rested and youthful appearance. Generally, most people need a series of PRP with microneedling treatments, spaced at least a month apart each time to achieve optimal results.
How long do the effects last?
Patients who have had Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments find their faces look even better several months after they have had the treatments. This happens because the plasma stimulates their skin’s stem cells to produce more collagen, grow new cells and literally rejuvenate their skin. The new cell growth in your skin generated by the Platelet Rich Plasma takes weeks to months, which is why it looks even better after more time passes.
Is there any down time or special post treatment care?
PRP does not have any down time, and after treatment simply use ice to reduce swelling and/or sensitivity. Any skin sensitivity is expected to last only a few days.
IPL THERAPY – INTENSE PULSED LIGHT THERAPY or PHOTOREJUVENATION
Solution for: Scars/Stretch Marks; Brown Spots/Pigmentation/Sun Damage; Rosacea; Large pores; Spider veins; fine lines, wrinkles
What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?
IPL devices use multiple wavelengths of light to treat sun-induced changes on the face, including brown pigmentation, age spots and broken blood vessels. IPL is also used to treat the facial changes of rosacea, including redness and broken blood vessels. IPL may be used for these changes on the hands, neck and chest as well. It is safe, non-invasive and is tailored to the individual patient’s skin.
Is IPL painful?
When the pulses of light are applied to the skin, patients feel some stinging, similar in sensation to the snapping of a small rubber band against the skin. We therefore have our patients apply an anesthetic cream to the area at home or in the office 30-60 minutes prior to the procedure.
How is IPL performed?
The treatment area is cleansed. A cool gel is applied to the area being treated. Dark glasses are worn to protect the patient’s eyes from the light. With the patient in a comfortable, relaxed position, the IPL handpiece is gently applied to the skin and light pulses are applied.
Treatments usually take approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on which area is being treated.
How many treatments will I need?
In general patients have a series of three to six treatments, approximately one month apart.
How will I look after each treatment?
Most patients experience a few days of redness and possible pinpoint bruising after the IPL procedure. Some brown spots may appear darker for a few days, then peel off. You can apply makeup immediately after IPL treatment if necessary.
What is my skincare before and after IPL treatment?
It is imperative that the area being treated is not tan the day of the procedure. Other areas on the body can be tan but not the treatment site. Afterwards, it is important to protect your skin from the sun using a sunscreen daily. You should use a sensitive skin cleanser and moisturizer for about a week, then you can resume your normal skin care routine.
How long does the improvement in the skin last?
We like to say, you ‘turn the clock back’ with this type of procedure, but the clock keeps ticking! Most people complete a series monthly treatments and then return for a maintenance treatment once or twice a year.
Solution for: Scars, Stretch Marks and Large Pores
Micro-needling creates controlled micro-injuries to the skin at various depths to promote collagen and elastin development. The skin responds with its own repair process which results in a thicker epidermis with a softer appearance of wrinkles, improved skin tone, pore size and acne scars. Results are further enhanced as the micro-channels created allow our topical blend of plant-derived stem cells, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to absorb into the deeper layers of the skin.
Alternatively, microneedling can be performed using Plasma Rich Platelets (PRP) to deliver even more potent results. PRP is a concentration of platelets from your own blood that aid in tissue regeneration. Platelet rich plasma activates skin tissue repair, collagen and elastin production for beautiful, youthful results. PRP also addresses under-eye puffiness and dark circles to deliver a more rested and youthful appearance.
A consultation is required before all first-time PRP treatments with a Renew MD Wellness medical professional. This consultation is complimentary.
Solution for: Scars, fine lines, pigmentation issues, melasma, etc.
Microdermabrasion is an effective non-invasive and non-chemical procedure that can heal minor skin issues such as fine lines, mild scars and uneven skin tone. The microdermabrasion process involves buffing and suctioning off dead skin cells using a stream of fine crystals, revealing fresh, polished skin.
Microdermabrasion does not involve much down time. No consultation is needed prior to this procedure. Microdermabrasions can be combined with a light chemical peel