Stretch marks are often an unwanted byproduct of pregnancy. Fortunately, laser technology, which Dr. Jamie Lipeles and Dr. Hope Vermaire provide at Marina OB/GYN practice in Marina Del Rey and Hawthorne, California, now offers a simple and effective solution. Dr. Lipele and Dr. Vermaire have used this technology to erase stretch marks for many women throughout Marina Del Rey, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice, Westchester, El Segundo, Playa Vista, Culver City and the greater South Bay area.
Stretch marks differ significantly in appearance. These lines can appear as grooves, deep lines, or soft spans of tissue that have very little substance. They range in color, as well, and may be pink, black, red, blue or purple. Stretch marks are the result of skin being rapidly stretched, most often during pregnancy. They most often occur on the stomach, breasts, hips, thighs and buttocks. Skin’s elasticity depends on cortisone levels within the body. When the cortisone levels drop, the skin can no longer stretch as it once did and the result is stretch marks, sometimes referred to as "tiger stripes."
Individual genetics, the amount skin that is stretched, and a person’s level of cortisone (a hormone associated with stress) each play roles in the severity of stretch marks.
IPL, or intense pulse light laser, therapy offers ground-breaking advancement in the ability to reduce the visible appearance of certain types of stretch marks, as well as, wrinkles, severe sun damage, acne scars, surgical and injury scars. By guiding the laser over the stretch marks, light pulses trigger the production of collagen. As collagen is produced, the areas where the tissue has started to weaken will begin to be filled in. This will also improve the skin's elasticity allowing it to be more flexible and resilient. Because of the original damage to the tissue, doctors may need to use multiple types of treatment in conjunction with the IPL laser to produce the desired results. This will depend on the severity of the stretch marks or scars, and the damage to the skin.
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Dr. Lipeles and his staff deserve 5 stars and more! Excellent service, professional and friendly team.
He also always asks if we have any questions and never makes us feel like our questions are trivial. The staff is welcoming and the facilities are clean and comfortable.
I am actually pregnant again (yay!) and I will be going back to this office throughout my pregnancy. They're amazing, and I had a great experience.
He delivered my baby and both baby and I are healthy. I was up and walking right after the delivery and healed perfectly so I couldn't be happier!
He performed the surgery with a robot so recovery was not bad. His staff was extremely helpful and pleasant.
The staff are amazing, very friendly and helpful. I'm definitely going to keep coming here for check ups and birth control because I love it that much. I would recommend
Nervous about the delivery all the anxiety disappeared the second the doc walked into the room. My hubby loved visiting as much as I did!
Dr. Lipeles was gentle and kind (First Male ObGyn experience for me). He was hilarious with bedside manner and actually had me laughing throughout the entire experience.
Dr. Lipeles is so caring and went above and beyond my expectations for a family centered birth. His office is beautifully remodeled and spotlessly clean.
Amazing!! Dr. Lipeles is the best!! He and all the doctors, nurses and office staff are wonderful. Thanks Doc for all your help!