Unsightly stretch marks on your abdomen, hips, breasts, arms, or legs can make you feel self-conscious and leave you covering up during intimate moments. To reduce the appearance of your stretch marks, try Votiva by InMode® from Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG, on the Upper West Side of New York City. As an experienced OB/GYN, Dr. Rodke understands how your body can change throughout puberty, pregnancy, and adulthood, and works diligently to improve the appearance of your skin and help you feel more confident. To schedule a visit, call or book online today.
Stretch marks are scars that form when your skin stretches or shrinks quickly. This often happens during puberty and pregnancy, though it can also happen if you gain or lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time.
Stretch marks form when collagen and elastin in your skin are damaged through stretching. Collagen and elastin are responsible for your skin’s tightness and elasticity, but when under the stress of stretching, these fibers don’t always hold up. Genetics and hormonal fluctuations can predispose you to develop stretch marks.
While over-the-counter and prescription creams are available to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, they have limited effectiveness and must be used frequently to see results. Dr. Rodke uses the Votiva system by InMode to reduce the appearance of stretch marks through the application of radiofrequency (RF) technology for faster, longer lasting results.
When the RF technology is applied to your skin, it gently heats your skin cells, which triggers a series of cellular reactions to produce more collagen and elastin. As your body produces more of these proteins, your skin naturally repairs itself and the appearance of your stretch marks diminishes.
Dr. Rodke offers a state-of-the-art loose skin solution — the Morpheus8® subdermal remodeling system. The Morpheus8 device accesses the subdermal layers where you generate collagen and elastin. Over time, your new collagen rises up to fill in skin depressions like stretch marks while the elastin tightens your loose skin.
During your Votiva session, Dr. Rodke and her team place small electrode patches on your skin which emit RF waves. You might feel a mild warming or tingling sensation during the procedure, which typically lasts 25 minutes. After the procedure, the electrodes are removed and you can return to your normal activities right away.
In most cases, Dr. Rodke recommends 3-5 sessions to see the best results. Since your skin is repairing itself from the inside out, it can take several weeks to notice a difference in the appearance of your stretch marks. Some mild redness at the treatment site is normal for an hour after treatment since RF also increases blood flow to your skin.
To find out if treatment with Votiva can reduce the appearance of your stretch marks, set up a consultation with Dr. Rodke now by calling or booking online.