For many, stretch marks are a fact of life. In fact, up to 90% of women report having them. Most of us develop them during puberty when our bodies undergo dramatic changes. As the skin stretches to accommodate for a growth spurt, it becomes susceptible to developing the striae we see as stretch marks.
When stretch marks first appear, they can be quite red or purplish. They may indeed look rather dramatic. But over time they turn lighter and fade. That’s why stretch marks we’ve lived with since we were teens generally don’t tend to bother us.
Beyond puberty, women may find that new stretch marks appear following rapid weight gain or weight loss, as well as during pregnancy. For whatever reason, these stretch marks generally seem to cause more consternation than their puberty-induced counterparts. Know that they will indeed fade with time, however if you are very bothered by them or don’t find them fading to your satisfaction, there are new technologies that can greatly improve their look.
Enter Venus Viva Nano Fractional Radio Frequency treatments. The Venus Viva uses very tiny pins that deliver nano fractional radio frequency (a kind of”heat”) down through the skin’s surface. The combination of the abrasion (via the pins) and the heat delivered to the skin creates a tiny micro-dermal wound that the body then seeks to heal. In the process of healing these little wounds, it also heals and restores the look of other skin irregularities such as scars, stretch marks, skin damage, enlarged pores, wrinkles and rosacea.
How many treatments you require depends on the individual patient, but we tend to see good results in 3-4 sessions done every 4-6 weeks.