Can Hyperdiluted Radiesse Improve Stretch Marks?
Can hyperdiluted Radiesse improve stretch marks? Tiger stripes. Striae. Lightning stripes. Whatever you call them, most of us would love to eliminate our stretch marks. Over the years, there have been many remedies to get rid of them. Topical creams. Exercise. Lasers. Even surgery. Now, a relatively new technique has come to the forefront: hyperdiluted Radiesse.
A hyperdiluted form acts as a scaffold and encourages your body to produce more collagen. This process makes your skin more elastic, firm, and smooth. Some women (and men) find that hyperdiluted Radiesse can improve the appearance of their stretch marks.
The Stripes That Won’t Go Away
What are stretch marks, and what can be done about them? Stretch marks are a common issue that affects millions of people.
Stretch marks, also called striae, are a type of scar that can form on the skin. They happen when the connective tissue in the dermis, the middle layer of your skin, is stretched too much and tears. The body then tries to heal this by creating collagen, which can often lead to stretch marks. Stretch marks can affect anyone, but they are more common in pregnant women (called striae gravidarum), young people who are rapidly growing, and people who suddenly gain or lose weight.
There is also a genetic component, as some people are more likely to develop stretch marks if an immediate family member has them too.
Some appear red or pink, called strike rubrae. Others are white, dark grey, black, or even purple. The color is often related to the person’s complexion, with darker skin tones experiencing darker stretch marks and so on. The skin can sometimes become thinner with stretch marks, a common sign after surgery or using corticosteroids for a long time in the same area.
Stretch marks are harmless and are a natural part of the changing body and aging. There is nothing wrong with people who decide to live proudly with their striae. At the same time, for many, stretch marks can be cosmetically unappealing, and some people may feel self-conscious about them.
Do Stretch Marks Leave For Good?
Like any scar, stretch scars are permanent. Different treatment options, however, might make them less noticeable. Treatment may also help to lessen any inflammation that may cause stretch marks.
For instance, some fade to a lighter color when using topical creams and other over-the-counter formulations. Some useful ingredients include cocoa butter, olive oil, aloe vera, and glycolic acid. However, it takes several weeks of consistent use to see any significant changes.
Even some cosmetic procedures, like microneedling, lasers, and peels, can fade stretch marks but not eliminate them. However, these can be uncomfortable or require several trips to the doctor for long-term results.
If you are concerned about stretch marks, talk to your dermatologist about available options, especially when pregnant or nursing. Some treatments contain ingredients like retinol that can harm your unborn child.
Can fillers like hyperdiluted Radiesse improve stretch marks?
It’s no secret that stretch marks can be a source of insecurity for many women. While some often fade over time, they can be challenging to eliminate. Your dermatologist may offer fillers to minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
Fillers are natural compounds injected into the skin to add volume and smooth out wrinkles. Most applications for fillers are for the cheeks, forehead, and lips. These plump up the skin to eliminate wrinkles, lasting for several months. Recently, doctors also discovered that some fillers stimulate more efficient collagen production.
The most popular injectable for stretch marks is Radiesse.
Radiesse is a dermal filler to add volume and smooths different body parts. Its primary use is to improve the signs of wrinkles and folds around the mouth and nose. It can also add volume to parts of the face and hands. It’s popular as a ‘liquid facelift’ when combined with other fillers. Radiesse is injected in specific volumes in just a few minutes. It’s non-toxic and has minimal side effects.
The soft tissue filler can be injected into the skin by diluting the injectable with a saline solution and other compounds to help restore elasticity and volume. It was first FDA-approved in 2003 and has been used in more than 2 million treatments worldwide.
Unlike other fillers, hyperdiluted Radiesse contains a high concentration of calcium hydroxylapatite, which helps to stimulate collagen production. As a result, hyperdiluted Radiesse can not only improve the appearance of existing stretch marks, but it can also help to prevent new ones from forming. In addition, it is long-lasting and does not require frequent touch-ups. Therefore, it is an ideal treatment for those seeking a long-term solution to their stretch mark concerns.
Other benefits of fillers
Fillers are a type of injectable that can be used to improve the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. They can also add volume to areas of the face, such as the cheeks or lips. In addition to these cosmetic uses, fillers can treat medical conditions such as joint pain and urinary incontinence. For stretch marks, they are applied to the stomach, flank, buttocks, and other areas of the body affected by stretch marks. Fillers stimulate both collagen and hyaluronic acid levels to hydrate and tighten the skin, reducing the signs of stretch marks over time.
Risk and side effects
While Hyperdiluted Radiesse is generally considered safe, some risks and side effects are associated with its use. The most common side effects are mild and include redness, itching, and swelling at the injection site. There are potential risks and side effects associated with any injection procedure, including but not limited to infection, scarring, and nerve damage. More severe side effects, such as infection, are rare but can occur. A trained medical professional should only inject hyperdiluted Radiesse to minimize the risk of complications.
At Eternal Dermatology, we specialize in using dermal fillers, Botox, and other injectables to improve the body’s appearance. We’re also skilled in applying hyperdiluted Radiesse around those stretch marks to help them fade away.
Overall, Hyperdiluted Radiesse is a safe and effective treatment for stretch marks, but patients should ask about the potential risks and side effects before undergoing treatment.
What to expect at your dermatologist
The burning question is, “Can hyperdiluted Radiesse can improve my stretch marks?” The answer is yes!
Your first step is to have a consultation with your dermatologist to discuss your concerns and what you would like to achieve. We will recommend the best fillers, advise on the injection locations, discuss cost, and any other concerns.
Since injectables take less than 30 minutes, you can have your session on the same day or schedule a more convenient time.
Before the procedure, your doctor will thoroughly cleanse your skin. Your doctor will then apply a numbing cream on the treated areas.
Then, a special needle injects tiny amounts of hyperdiluted Radiesse beneath the skin. The number of injections required will vary depending on the treatment area. Additionally, if you’re looking for anti-aging benefits on other body parts, your dermatologist can apply concentrated forms of Radiesse or other recommended fillers there.
After the injections, the doctor will massage the area to distribute the filler evenly. The whole process takes about 30 minutes. You may experience some redness and swelling at the injection site, but this should resolve within a few hours.
Your results can last up to 12 months or longer and may require multiple sessions. You’ll notice over time fading stretch marks due to the added volume and increase in collagen production.
If you are considering Hyperdiluted Radiesse to treat stretch marks, consult a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to discuss the potential risks and benefits.
Keeping stretch marks at bay
After your Hyperdiluted Radiesse sessions, you will be pleased with the results. Yet, there are some ways you can keep enjoying the benefits for longer and keep new stretch marks from forming. For starters, the skin requires proper hydration to maintain its volume and laxity.
- Drink sufficient water or eat hydrating fruits (like melons, for instance) to prevent dryness, which can lead to stretch marks.
- Try to keep a healthy diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Processed foods and excess sugars lead to inflammation which can break down your skin, leaving you more susceptible to stretch marks.
- Maintain a healthy weight through resistance training and cardio, along with diet. Weight fluctuations are one of the biggest drivers of stretch marks. This can be a challenge for pregnancy. However, managing weight as your doctor advises and treating stretch marks topically as they appear works best.
- Increase your vitamin D through 15-20 minutes of daily sun exposure. Vitamin D can help protect your skin and promotes other growth factors that are great for the skin. This study showed a positive relationship between sun exposure and stretch marks.
While you cannot guarantee your stretch marks return, these steps help your sessions to last.
Now, it’s your turn
So far, hyperdiluted Radiesse for stretch marks shows promise as a potential new option for reducing their appearance. As with any medical procedure, there are risks and side effects associated with using fillers to treat stretch marks, so be sure to discuss your options with a qualified healthcare professional before making a decision. At Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics, our team is dedicated to helping people take care of their skin and improve the issues that are draining their self-confidence.
Our lead dermatologist, Dr. Ife Rodney, is skilled in injectables, chemical peels, and other fantastic options that help the skin improve from within. We serve patients in the DMV areas, particularly Fulton, Howard County, Baltimore, and several others. Feel free to schedule a consultation so we can help you finally clear up your stretch marks for good.