Stretch marks are areas of skin that look like bands, stripes or lines.
They can result from a number of causes such as rapid changes in weight, adolescent growth spurts, corticosteroid use or Cushing Syndrome and generally appear on the buttocks, thighs, knees, calves, breasts, abdomen or lumbosacral areas.
Ninety five percent (95%) of women are affected by stretch marks either during puberty or pregnancy.
Sublative technology is neither laser or light based. Instead, this one-of-a kind technology uses fractionated bi-polar radiofrequency directed to the skin to deeply penetrate and stimulate collagen production beneath the surface, while keeping the outer layer of skin intact.
The treatment has been shown to be very safe, with no significant side effects in all skin types. During treatment, many patients feel a warm, prickly sensation as energy enters the skin. With the benefit of minimal or no down time, the patients may continue with their daily routine immediately after treatment.
The Sublative™ RF applicator is designed to deliver radiofrequency energy to the skin in a fractional manner, via an array of multi-electrode pins. The array delivers bipolar RF energy to the skin. Microscopic zones of epidermis and dermis are thermally ablated in a grid over the skin surface, where non-ablated zones serve as a reservoir of cells that promote rapid healing.
Post treatment, patients may notice tone and texture improvements as a result of the increased levels of beneficial collagen and new healthy skin cells that are produced. Following 3 treatments, up to 75% of the stretch marks can be improved. If there is no change in weight, and no new stretch marks, there is no need for maintenance treatments.