Stretch Marks/Scars Removal

Stretch marks are one of the postpartum problems that plague many moms. Stretch marks are related to each individual’s body type, genetics, hormonal changes, and even weight changes, not all moms will be affected by scars or lines during pregnancy. People who are prone to have scars may see stretch marks not fading away.

What are stretch marks?

During pregnancy, the belly gradually increases in size to accommodate the growth of the fetus, and the skin becomes thinner and thinner. The skin is made up of epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. When a mother’s abdomen is rapidly expanded during pregnancy, the epidermis and dermis generally have enough elasticity to match, but the subcutaneous tissue may not be able to keep up with the speed of skin expansion, and if the collagen fibres contained in the subcutaneous tissue break because they cannot withstand the expansion, the integrity of the skin will be destroyed and stretch marks will appear.

What are the causes of stretch marks?

Generally speaking moms with larger or multiple fetuses will have a bigger belly, which naturally increases the probability of stretch marks occurring. Many people feel that they should eat more to get enough nutrition, so they end up gaining weight too fast during pregnancy, with uterus and fetus also increasing rapidly. This may cause skin elastic fibre to break resulting in stretch marks. So it is important to control your weight while supplementing your nutrition during pregnancy.

In fact, whether stretch marks are created or not is related to genetics. Studies have proven that women with a family history of genetic predisposition are more likely to have stretch marks. Of course, this is related to the individual’s body type, age, skin colour and hormone level. Generally speaking, people who have fair skin and do not have scarred skin will have lighter stretch marks, while people who have darker skin and are prone to pigmentation and wounds that do not fade away over time will have darker stretch marks.

We suggest that mothers-to-be should pay attention to physical exercises even before pregnancy. Massage and warm water baths would help. Try to choose food rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B2, B3, zinc and silica which contains antioxidants that can help protect skin tissues from damage, increase collagen, and contribute to skin regeneration.

Why does birth require an incision?

A cesarean section is an operation to remove a baby through an incision in the abdomen and uterus. Difficult delivery is one of the most common reasons for a cesarean section. The next reason is that if there are problems such as malposition, multiple births, or prolapsed umbilical cord, a cesarean section is also chosen for safe delivery. Some mothers also think that a cesarean section is less complicated.

A conventional C-section involves cutting through a series of tissues such as skin – dermis – fat – fascia – muscle – peritoneum – uterus before the fetus can be successfully removed. The doctor then needs to suture each layer of tissue one by one, so each layer of tissue will produce a scar. The scars that we can see in our daily appearance are only outside the skin.

What does a C-section scar look like?

C-section scars are either transverse or straight, depending on the individual’s condition. The wound is usually about 15 cm, white or off-white in colour with a smooth and hard feeling when touching it. About 2-3 weeks after the surgical incision is scarred, the scar will begin to proliferate, become locally red, purple, harden and protrude from the surface skin, and in rare cases will gradually expand and worsen.

How to improve abdominal lines/scars?

CB Femi’s Health does the best planning for moms from before pregnancy to minimize the appearance of stretch marks after delivery. For moms who have stretch marks due to their individual body type or have to take C-section, we will use the best scar removal treatment plan after delivery. In addition to the medication applied for injection treatments, laser treatments such as M22, DPL, fractional laser and RF micro-needling also help with scar removal. Currently, laser-based treatments are also the best way to treat scars and lines, with the advantages of less pain, less damage and better results.

Our Programs
M22 Stretch Marks Removal
Lumenis M22™ IPL is the latest IPL treatment device introduced by Luminous, a long-established American company with extensive IPL research experience. This treatment works by irradiating the skin with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), which targets melanin and capillaries, and converts the light energy into heat. It can repair minor tears in the epidermis caused by pregnancy and lighten the pigmentation left by stretch marks.

The frequency of the IPL beam is measured in milliseconds, and the wavelength is longer than that of a regular laser, making it a powerful and stable treatment, especially for superficial spots and various skin problems. Therefore, there is little redness and heat after irradiation.

DPL Dynamic Pulsed Light
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a high-tech aesthetic procedure that uses a specific broad spectrum of colour light that is applied directly to the skin's surface and penetrates deep into the skin. DPL is an advanced version of IPL and is more precise than IPL with a much shorter treatment cycle. The longer wavelength of the light output can penetrate deeper into the skin to produce photothermal and photochemical effects, which can rearrange and regenerate the collagen and elastic fibres of the skin and restore elasticity, thus achieving a rejuvenating effect.
CO2RE®️ Fractional Laser
The CO2 fractional laser is based on the principle that the CO2 laser emits a super-pulsed laser with a wavelength of 10600nm, which is ultimately output in a fractional fashion. When the laser is applied to the skin, it is rapidly absorbed by the water molecules in the skin, producing a thermal effect that causes collagen contraction, directly stimulating collagen production and promoting dermal restructuring. The laser treatment is physical, without the addition of any drugs or efficacious products, so the side effects are minimum. The fractional laser emits a hair-thin matrix of dots that create numerous tiny wounds on parts of the skin that are invisible to the naked eye, and the laser reaches the dermis to stimulate collagen regeneration through the principle of destruction and reconstruction. In short, the damaged areas are destroyed and, after collagen regeneration, the dimpled pores are naturally filled in.This treatment is effective in improving the unevenness of the skin caused by stretch marks.