Morpheus8 and Lumecca IPL Scar Revision and Stretch Mark Removal in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach
Scars can mar your complexion and make you feel acutely aware of your appearance. Has embarrassment about your scars ever prevented you from living life to the fullest? Whether you have scars due to acne, surgery, or an accident, they can be unsightly and leave you longing for a solution.
If skin blemishes are affecting your quality of life, laser scar revision is a minimally invasive option. Contact us at Allure Anti-Aging and Aesthetics at (714) 804-5460 to schedule an appointment to discuss our non-surgical solutions to concerns like scars and stretch marks – including microneedling and intense pulsed light therapy (IPL).
Costa Mesa and Newport Beach’s Best Stretch Mark Removal
Normally, the skin is very resilient and elastic. However, a variety of scarring known as stretch marks forms when the skin must accommodate for rapid growth. Overstretching skin disrupts the normal formation of collagen, which allows stretch marks to develop in places such as the hips, thighs, breasts, abdominal region, and upper arms.
Pregnancy is probably the best-known cause of stretch marks, but many people have stretch marks left over from a childhood growth spurt. People who quickly lose or gain weight can also develop these marks. Initially, stretch marks can appear pink or reddish, but often will gradually fade to a silvery shade as the scar tissue loses its blood supply.
A variety of technologies have made it possible for us to significantly improve the appearance of stretch marks, as well as scars. Two of the leading techniques for this are microneedling with the Morpheus8 device, and intense pulsed light using Lumecca.
The Proven Benefits of Non-Surgical Options for Scar and Stretch Mark Revision
A quick visit to your local drugstore will probably provide you with a vast selection of topical, over-the-counter creams or lotions that claim to help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. However, most of these cannot penetrate the skin, which makes them an ineffective solution – especially for people with long-established stretch marks and scars. Luckily, other options are available for those who are interested in stretch mark and scar reduction.
Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, has become increasingly sought-after among people who want to improve the look of their skin without invasive treatments. The practice of microneedling goes back to the mid-1990s, but it has expanded significantly in recent years, thanks to the introduction of new technologies and its skyrocketing popularity on social media.
Essentially, microneedling is the insertion of small, thin needles into the surface of the skin to create hundreds of microscopic punctures. These tiny injuries send the skin’s natural cell turnover and healing process into overdrive to cause skin remodeling from the inside out, minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
The Morpheus8 device we use at Allure penetrates as deep as four millimeters (versus the traditional two millimeters other microneedling devices provide) into fat and skin to intensely stimulate collagen production and create a smoother appearance for all skin types. That makes it superior for treating stretch marks, which typically form on thicker skin.
Unlike surgery, intense pulsed light skin treatment uses brief pulses of micro-fine laser light to reach deeply into the sub-layers and support structure of the skin. Then, the body’s natural healing process removes older, damaged tissue and replaces it with fresh, new collagen and elastin. It’s a quick, straightforward, and minimally invasive procedure that’s easy to tolerate and requires little to no downtime.
Lumecca is an innovative IPL device that can deliver up to three times more energy to minimize the appearance of all types of scarring, lesions, and discolorations, including stretch marks. IPL skin resurfacing is safe to use on almost any area of the body, and modern innovations in the technology have enabled us to recommend this type of therapy for a wide range of skin tones and textures as well.
Who Is a Good Candidate for IPL and Microneedling?
The most qualified candidates for Lumecca IPL and microneedling with the Morpheus8 device are in good overall health and wish to improve their skin with non-surgical procedures. Some skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, or skin infections, may disqualify people from getting these treatments. We also do not recommend microneedling for diabetics or patients taking blood thinners or anticoagulants.
What Happens During a Non-Surgical Skin Procedure?
At Allure, one of our highly trained medical aestheticians will perform your scar or stretch mark renewal in our comfortable, state-of-the-art environment. It’s an outpatient treatment, which means we will clear you to go home afterward. The length of your procedure will depend on the size of the area you are having addressed. Many of our clients find both treatment options very tolerable and do not require any pain medicine during or after treatment.
Recovering From IPL and Microneedling
For the first few hours after an IPL treatment, your skin will be reddish and tender, as if you have a sunburn. In the days that follow, you will experience after-effects such as swelling, crusting, bruising, and swelling. Don’t be alarmed, as these side effects are normal and indicate the treatment is working.
Microneedling also causes sunburn-like redness, as well as minor bleeding, bruising, and swelling. There’s no real need for downtime after having microneedling done, although you may choose to take time off if your skin continues to be pink for a day or two afterward. You can use a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer to help minimize inflammation if desired.
Maintaining Your IPL and Microneedling Results
Since both these treatments work to stimulate new collagen production gradually, your results after treatment will continue to improve for several months, as you notice softer, smoother, unblemished skin forming. You may wish to get additional follow-up IPL or microneedling treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to enhance the results of your initial procedure, or if you notice the formation of new scars or stretch marks.
Morpheus8 Microneedling and Lumecca IPL FAQs
After any minimally invasive treatment like these, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun’s UV rays. To avoid sun damage, we recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen every time you go outside. We also suggest staying hydrated and keeping your treated areas clean using a gentle cleanser, followed by a moisturizer.
We will discuss an estimated cost with you during a one-on-one consultation. We will need to evaluate the extent of your scarring and stretch marks to determine how many treatments you will need, which will affect the total price.
Both Morpheus8 microneedling and Lumecca IPL are extremely safe, given that our medical aestheticians perform them under clinical conditions.
After you have IPL or microneedling, we ask that you avoid exfoliating the treatment area or anything else that could irritate your skin, including hot water.