Stretch marks are caused because of rapid stretching of skin that results into scars and discoloration of skin. There are many reasons which can lead to stretch marks such as rapid weight reduction, quick weight gain, excessive exercise, steroids, pregnancy, hormonal changes, puberty etc. Millions of women have stretch marks, but this fact does little to lessen the embarrassment that most women feel at the appearance of these unattractive striations on their skin. Stretch marks, also known as striae, are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. Over time they may reduce, but will not disappear completely. Tearing of the dermis results into stretch marks.
There is no proof that creams utilized during pregnancy prevent stretch marks. Once they have formed there is clearly no useful treatment, though various methods have been tried.
Striae, or "stretch marks", start as reddish or purple lesions, which can show up anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where huge amounts of fat are stored; the most common places are the abdomen (especially near the navel), breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs (both inner and outer), hips, and buttocks. After some time, they tend to atrophy and lose pigmentation. The affected areas appear empty, and are gentle to the touch.
Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the resilient middle tissue layer that aids the skin retain its shape. No stretch marks will form as long as there is support within the dermis. They can (but do not always) cause a burning and tingling sensation, as well as emotional distress. They pose no health risk because of them, and your body can still funtion normally and repair itself, however, they are often considered a cosmetic nuisance. Till now there were few options for stretch mark treatments.
Tixel is a new non-laser fractional system of skin resurfacing that is based on thermomechanical ablation technology. Using the heat energy, when the tip of the TIXEL touches the skin it causes micro injuries. These micro injuries encourage the body to produce collagen and elastin for a more healthy and supple skin. TIXEL can be used all over the face, including the sensitive skin around the eyes and the neck and that’s why it is the preference of many skin specialists like Dr. Nivedita Dadu.
How is Tixel different from Lasers?
LASERS are a technology based on light. The light from the lasers interacts with the skin and causes effects by heating the skin. TIXEL is based on heat. Tixel transfers heat directly to the skin itself with its patented titanium tips.
Why is Tixel better than Traditional CO2 Lasers?
Tixel is a is a non-invasive and comfortable treatment for rejuvenating the skin uses pure heat energy and gives results that are similar to CO2 lasers in return but takes significantly less downtime.
Tixel and traditional CO2 lasers work similarly, both deliver pure heat energy to the skin and similar results but TIXEL does not cause the same amount of damage to the internal layers of the skin as lasers.
Tixel micropores are free from necrotic tissue unlike the typical micropores present in fractional C02 lasers.
Benefits of Tixel technology for rejuvenating the skin
1. Non-invasive treatment for skin rejuvenation
2. Less pain, low downtime, and rapid healing
3. Transfer of thermal energy to the skin creates micro-craters by evaporation.
4. Safe treatment without sacrificing efficacy
5. Tixel can perform both ablative and non-ablative treatments
How does TIXEL work?
TIXEL uses a Titanium tip with tiny pins made of biocompatible material, having a pyramid like a shape with small contact points which are about 20 microns in size and cover a treatment area of 1cm². The pins are heated to a temperature of 400°C, as similar to the temperature usually generated by other fractional CO? laser beams. The thermal energy stored in the pins is quickly transferred to the skin that will last only a few milliseconds, through a prefixed contact time and contact depth. It can be used at different depths and with different contact times that helps TIXEL to deliver different and effective results.
Using medium penetration and a high contact time that allows TIXEL to work like an ablative laser. It is an ideal solution for giving good improvements in acne scars, stretch marks or fine lines of the skin. It also allows TIXEL for tightening the skin and to treat open pores and fine lines. Using very short contact and very superficial penetration that will help to make open channels in the skin through which actives like (anti aging creams, anti pigmentation creams, Collagen Induction Therapy) and medicines can be easily delivered.
The thermal energy is transferred safely and quickly as compared to the traditional CO2 lasers and the subsequent evaporation of water from the skin occurs resulting in the formation of tiny micropores in the treated sites. This evaporates the upper layers in a controlled manner so that there will be no chance of burns in the tissue. Using pure heat energy, the tip of the Tixel machine partially touches the skin which causes neat, clean micro-injuries.
Where can be TIXEL be used?
Tixel can be used for following treatments because of the different depths and methods of actions such as-
Skin laxity or skin tightening
Skin resurfacing of moderate to severe wrinkles on the face, upper lips, crow’s feet, cheeks, glabella, forehead, perioral region, full-face, neck, décolleté and hands.
TIXEL is based on pure heat energy. It helps to transfer the heat directly to the skin itself with its patented titanium tips. The advantage of Tixel is that there are no side effects to the eye, so no additional eye protection is required following the procedure. Patients most commonly experience a warm sensation in the target area similar to a sunburn, which will settle down after about an hour following the treatment.The treatment tip at the contact point is only 20 microns, so the down time or redness post treatment lasts less than 48 hours. Also, the post treatment marks are very light in color and can be covered with a tinted sunscreen/makeup.This means the treated persons can go back to their daily work the very next day. It is typically a weekend treatment.
Some of the treatment include medical management and procedure like collagen induction therapy and lasers.
A) Derma roller/ collagen induction therapy/ microneedling – A dermaroller is a hand held gadget with microneedles. . We apply a topical numbing gel to the treatment area for optimal comfort...Read More
B) Scar Treatment Laser – For treating stretch marks, we at Dr. Nivedita Dadu Dermatology Clinic, Rajouri Garden, utilize Fractional erbium fiber (ResurFX, Lumenis) laser. ResurFX laser uses the “only one pass” formula...Read More
Fractional RF micro needling system is helpful in stretch marks, acne scarring & large pores. It treats the target area through rapid penetration of insulated micro needles however it does not cause any extensive damage to the epidermis. After consultation with the dermatologist and assessment of stretch marks it is decided if only MNRF laser will be performed or it may be followed by Collagen Induction Therapy....Read More