Stretch Mark Removal on Balance
No one likes stretch marks, but there wasn't much we could do about them until now. There's a new laser treatment called CoolBeam that could help eliminate those body scars. I was in Los Angeles recently and met with one of CoolBeam's inventors. Simon, what exactly is a stretch mark, and why do we get themé Stretch mark happens when your body goes through rapid growth, either through during pregnancy ____ or you go through a rapid growth doing when they go through growth cycle. Or you can get 'em bodybuilders could get 'em. Any weight loss or weight gain could cause you to have stretch marks too.
And when you look at a stretch mark, you feel that indentation. Is the skin tearing or is it the tissue underneathé What gives it that appearanceé Basically, in laymen's terms, your body grows faster than it can build up new collagen. So the skin becomes very thin in some areas, kind of cracking open. That's why we call stretch marks. Kind of affecting, the cracks open to make room for the skin to grow faster. So here's Natascha. She's in great shape. She's young and she's fit. She takes care of herself, yet she has tremendous stretch marks.
I had a son when I was nineteen years old. And I got a lot of stretch marks from giving birth. And it's something I've lived with through my early twenties and now my late twenties and something that I'm very selfconscious about. I can't go on the beach in a bikini. I can't wear low jeans. And it's something I just really would like to get rid of. Could that have been predicted or prevented in any wayé I wish there was a way that I could tell people to prevent all their stretch marks, but there really isn't. If you go through pregnancy and you genetically are predisposed to getting stretch marks, you're gonna get 'em. Now, up until now, there really hasn't been a laser that's been effective in terms of treating stretch marks. How does this worké
It works by producing new collagen underneath your skin to build up the areas of the skin that you lost your collagen. And also, add new color to the areas of the stretch marks that have lost their pigmentation. And in the meantime, I'm going to have you wear these cool glasses. Okay. When you first do the treatment, your skin turns red like a cooked lobster. But then laughter it starts to peel, and your skin goes through a lot of peeling. And then brand new collagen starts to build up in that area. And that's when it starts to fill up in the areas that you are lacking collagen. Is it uncomfortableé
No, not at all. You'll find stretch marks on girls' breasts if they grow too quickly. Men, all types of locations. Are there certain locations where you cannot use the CoolBeam laseré The lasers have been used for the past 30 years, and they are one of the safest modalities to use in medicine. So it's safe to be used on breasts, on reproductive organs, around your arms, everywhere in the body without having any longterm side effects. What else can you use this kind of treatment foré We have used it for chicken pox marks. We have used it for treatment of acne scars. And we have used it for people who have fine lines.
Also, it causes it to sand the skin down to make it more level to the areas of the valleys and peaks. So make everything more even throughout the skin. So in effect, yes, it will get rid of a lot of the ice pick scars and those acne scars that people get in all stages of their lives. Voila.Great. We're all done. All right. So now I'm going to numb the area again. And we're gonna see you in a couple weeks here. Wonderful.All right. Tell me, ultimately, what Natascha is going to see when this is all said and done.
Can you get rid of stretch marks
You know the thing that gets me about stretchmarks is that the number one descriptor is unsightly. How to get rid of unsightly stretchmarksé Do you have unsightly stretch marksé What to do about all those unsightly stretchmarksé A more accurate descriptor would be ordinary. Do you have ordinary stretch markséAre you freaking out needlessly about your ordinary stretch marksé Do you really wantto try to get rid of ordinary stretch marks because it costs a lot of money and uh, well,I mean they're kind of just ordinary soo. Stretch mark question number one: Who getsthemé Answer: A lot of us. Depending on the age group and ethnicity you're looking at,anywhere from fifty to ninety percent of the
population has stretch marks. If you wereto line everybody up in their swimsuits around a pool, every other person if not more wouldprobably have some degree of stretch mark. Not just women, but also men and teenagers.Stretch mark question number two: Why do they happené Stretch marks occur has a combinationof tissue stretching and hormonal changes. We often hear that stretch marks are especiallyassociated with things like puberty, pregnancy, obesity and bodybuilding. What do all thosethings have in commoné Bodies changing sizes. Sometimes when our bodies start growing rapidlythe tissue beneath our skin start to stretch and actually change structure because it can'tproduce two free proteins collagen and elastin
fast enough. Without that key protein combinationthat middle layer of skin the dermis will sometimes break in places and those fibersmight show through to the epidermis or our visible layer of skin. Between those brokenfibers, the blood vessels underneath might also show through hence the red or purplishappearance of stretch marks. More recent research has suggested that the hormonal changes associatedwith things like puberty, pregnancy and weight gain contribute to that slowing down of collagenproduction which then contributes to stretch mark development. Some studies have also identifiedgenetic components that predispose some of us to developing stretch marks whether youlike it or not. Which brings me to stretch
mark question number three: How do we getrid of these unsightly oh wait no ordinary stretch marksé The simple answer is you can't.Or at least not entirely. Particularly with puberty and pregnancy related stretch marks,dermatologists usually reassure patients that they will eventually go away on their own.Those blood vessels showing through to the epidermis will actually constrict and thered and purplish coloring will fade with time. If you're looking to go out and buy a miraclecure for stretch marks I have a little bad news for you which is that scientific researchhas not found one. See also miracle cures for cellulite. If you look at a number ofproducts for treating stretch marks you'll
probably see a common list of ingredients:vitamin A, retinol, glycolic acid, vitamin C, botanical oils and vitamin E all of whichsome studies suggest might help the dermis repair it's collagen production. However asthe Mayo explicitly states these products as well as medical treatments cannot completelyerase stretch marks. That said in the case of pregnancy dermatologists would probablyrecommend that in case of pregnancy women should moisturize their tummies to reducethe potential severity of stretch marks that will develop in those three trimesters butwhen it comes to completely avoiding them ain't gonna happen, even with microdermabrasionand laser treatments. At best you'll walk
away with slightly less visible stretch markssure and also hundreds if not thousands of dollars less to your name. Statistically speakinghaving stretch marks is far likelier than being left handed and you know whaté I'm lefthanded and I have stretch marks and I also have cellulite. And I'm still here. Somehow.If we could just acknowledge that they're ordinary and that they happen to us in allphases of life postpuberty than maybe we wouldn't freak out about them so much, maybewe could love our bodies a little bit more stretch marks and all.
Celebrity Stretch Mark Removal
Travis Stork: Stretch marks, so very common Drew. Andrew Ordon: Such a common problem. You know, anywherefrom 70 to 90 percent of all women have stretch marks. And what are theyé Let me show youexactly. They're scars in the dermis and epidermis caused by a tearing or stretchingof the dermal components. What that does, you lose elastin, you lose collagen, and ittranslates to those scars that you actually see on the surface. Early on, they're red.Those can be treated with a different type
of laser. Today though, we're focusing onthose old stretch marks that have been there for months or years and in her case, afterpregnancy, the two areas where women see it the most, the tummy, the breast, sometimeson the hips as well. So she's going to get a treatment here with fractional erbium laserresurfacing treatment. Simon Ourian: Exactly. This is the first time that we canactually treat some of the silver and white stretch marks. Before this, every time I talkto s, they said impossible, this cannot be treated. We have had great results. We'vebeen able to treat these stretch marks with
only one or two sessions and up to four orfive sessions, we can completely get rid of them and in many cases, just making them looka lot better makes people feel better and more confident about their body. Travis Stork: So Carrie, you've never had this done before,righté Carrie: No. Simon Ourian:
So here you go, we're gonna go ahead anddo this area. Do you feel anythingé Carrie: No, not really, no. Travis Stork: How many treatments would this requireé Simon Ourian: It usually takes anywhere from two to fivesessions to get rid of all the stretch marks. Andrew Ordon:
Yeah, because you can't go too deep at anyone session, so you do your treatment Simon Ourian: Exactly. You do as much as you can. Brooke Burke Charvet: You're not feeling any pain at allé Carrie: No, no.I can feel some warmth, but it'spainless. Travis Stork:
And we actually have someone in our audience,Ana, who.she's another patient. I think, Ana, you completed a set of treatments forthisé Ana: Yeah, three treatments. Travis Stork: So I wanted to do a little before and afterpicture, if we could, of your stretch marks. Ana: Okay.