Stretch marks are lines or bands caused by stretching of the skin’s connective tissue. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. As the skin heals, stretch marks may appear. Pregnancy, rapid weight loss or weight gain, weight training when you have rapid muscle growth are factors causing stretch marks.
This problem can severely undermine one’s self-esteem. In O2 KLINIK, we provide the following procedures to make stretch marks less noticeable to give you the best results:
Laser resurfacing is one of the effective treatment modalities for stretch marks. Fractional CO2 is approved by FDA to stimulate epidermal turnover and dermal collagen remodeling, which leads to significant improvement in several types of stretch mark. Laser energy micro beams are used to break down the skin tissue in small areas, triggering the growth of new, healthy skin over the affected area. In just a few simple treatments, redness can be reduced, old white stretch marks can be smoothened, and your skin can be ready to bare.
Q: How does it work?
A: Pulses of fractional laser light are used to breakdown stretch marks, triggering new tissue production at the site, thus helping to improve stretch mark color. The new collagen can leave the stretch marks smoother and less obvious.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: O2 doctors will consult you on the number of treatments you need depending on the severity of the stretch marks and your expectation. Most people need at least 3- 5 treatment sessions for optimum result. Number of sessions may vary for each individual.
Q: How quickly will I recover?
A: People typically resume their normal activities immediately following the treatment session.
Q : What can I expect after the treatment?
A : Majority of patients will experience redness and swelling at the treatment site which may last 7-10 days.
Dermaroller is a type of skin rejuvenation treatment known as micro needling. It involves using a sterile roller with tiny needles along its surface to make lots of shallow punctures in the skin to induce new collagen growth for the purpose of skin rejuvenation.
Q: What is the patients expectation post procedure?
A: Patients should expect moderate redness with a “grazed” appearance for 24 to 48 hours and skin sensitivity also lasting 24 to 48 hours. Redness of the face can last up to 10 days. After-care consists of using bland moisturisers and cleansers with no active products for 7 to 10 days. After that, active products can be safely introduced again to maintain results.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Treatment needed may vary in every patient. O2 doctors will consult further regarding the number of treatments needed to give patients the best result. Most patients may undergo a minimum of 3 treatments about 6 weeks apart on average, while 5 treatments is the norm for general scarring.
PRP is the process of using your body’s own platelet and injecting the platelet into the area that needs regeneration. PRP works by enhancing the “growth factors” that activate and rejuvenate cells in our body. However you can achieve optimum result of this treatment in combination with fractional co2 laser or derma roller in O2 Klinik.
Thermage is a non-invasive treatment used to restore and regenerate collagen deep inside the skin without injections, surgery, or the use of lasers. Thermage tightens the skin by using captive radiofrequency technology that heats the skin’s outer layer, thus stimulating collagen beneath the surface. Patients may feel mild heat as Thermage releases radiofrequencies, but general anesthesia is not required. The patient’s collagen is renewed and tightened, improving the skin’s texture and tone immediately.
New collagen continues to grow in the six months following Thermage procedure, and patients will see more dramatic results as their collagen is restored during this period.
Q: What is the patient expectation post procedure?
A: The skin produces new collagen which tightens the skin further, leading to long-term results. Results will be sustained for around six months after the procedure, and can actually last for years depending on your skin condition and natural ageing process.