It’s understandable to feel uncomfortable with the appearance of scars and stretch marks. At the Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic, our state-of-the-art treatments and equipment are capable of reducing or even eliminating the presence of such imperfections. Along with the dedicated support of our knowledgeable, friendly team, you’re in the best of care and can expect ideal results over time.
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Common Causes of Scars and Stretch Marks
Stretch marks commonly form during pregnancy, when the body undergoes significant strain, but they can also occur during hormonal changes such as in the midst of puberty or menopause. Rapid weight gain and subsequent loss that causes stretching and contracting of the skin can also create them. Stretch marks are most common in women, and often from the stomach area down.
Scarring, on the other hand, has many causes including damage from physical injuries. Severe acne and various surgeries such as work done on the heart can also create them, as can some infections and post-cancer recovery. Scars represent an oversaturation of collagen in a specific area of the face or body – think of it as your immune system being overprotective.
Our Treatment Solutions
The Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic offers a number of highly effective services aimed at smoothing out the presence of scars and stretch marks, helping you regain confidence in what can become a youthful, blemish-free appearance. Among them include SilkPeel microdermabrasion, a form of non-invasive exfoliation that delivers topical solutions to minimize excess collagen buildup. We also offer medical micro-needling to massively stimulate an immune system response and the collagenases process, as well as deep-penetrating chemical peels and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy to help your own body replace damaged or misshapen tissue. The Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic also can perform dermal filler treatments to quickly smooth out your appearance or PEARL/GENESIS laser procedures to address more intense scarring.
Areas Successfully Treated
- Forehead, scalp, cheeks, neck and nose region
- Chin and lip area
- Upper and lower back
- Chest, stomach, and private areas
- Hips, thighs, and buttocks
- Full legs and arms, feet and hands
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Frequently Asked Questions
No. In actuality, having one means that your body worked overtime to protect against infection. It’s merely a cosmetic issue.
This is also normal. It happens when the area in question loses muscle mass or fat. This is common in cases of acne and after select surgeries.
There’s no way to outright prevent them from forming, but there are strategies you can implement to reduce the risk. You should control your weight as best as possible and follow a nutrient-rich diet to keep your skin healthy. You can also try maintaining supple skin with a daily moisturizer, and regular exercise may help as well.