Do I Just Have to Live with Unsightly Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are a completely normal part of puberty, gaining or losing a lot of weight, and pregnancy. However, they can also be a source of self-consciousness. If you’re tired of hiding your hips, thighs, and belly underneath your clothes, you might benefit from Votiva treatments. This system by InMode helps fill in stretch marks under your skin, giving your body a more uniform appearance. 

Dr. Gae Rodke is an OB/GYN working out of the Upper West Side in New York City, New York. She and her experienced team deliver gentle radiofrequency (RF) therapy for stretch marks using Votiva.

How stretch marks form

Stretch marks tend to appear after a period of intense growth. They occur because your skin can’t keep up with the demands, and has to stretch to accommodate you. Many girls experience stretch marks after puberty, and almost every woman ends up with “tiger stripes” after pregnancy. 

Stretch marks look like scars under the skin. Depending on how old they are, they might appear red, pink, purple, or grey. They might itch or ache, especially if they’re fresh. When you touch your stretch marks, they might feel ridged or indented under your fingers. People tend to develop stretch marks on their breasts, thighs, hips, and stomach. 

Certain factors can put you at risk of developing stretch marks. These include: 

How RF energy can help 

Stretch marks naturally fade over time. Older marks might appear silvery and faint, like an old scar. However, fresh or widespread stretch marks can be hard to ignore. If you feel self-conscious about your body because of these marks, you have options. 

Dr. Rodke uses the Votiva system by InMode to heal stretch marks. This treatment uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are responsible for making your skin supple and strong, and they can fill in stretch marks, giving your skin a more uniform appearance.  

What to expect from your treatment

RF energy treatments are noninvasive, which means no scalpels, surgery, or injections are necessary. Instead, we use a handheld tool to gently heat your skin, and the RF energy penetrates to the deeper layers of your dermis. This triggers a healing response that supports increased collagen production. 

It can take a few treatments to see results, and your stretch marks might not completely disappear. However, they become less noticeable, and will continue fading with time. 

Interested in learning more about the Votiva system? Get in touch with Dr. Gae Rodke by calling 212-496-9800, or visit the contact page for more information. 

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