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How much do you know about stretch marks!!


The dermis (outer layer of the skin) is made up of strong fibres that connect to each other and allow your skin to stretch as you grow. However, if your skin doesn’t bounce back after it’s been stretched while growing or due to pregnancy, rapid weight gain, extreme weight loss, or use of toning and bleaching products. Hence, you tend to have scarring called stretch marks.


It tends to affect women more than men and are often consider a source of shame. Stretch marks are unflattering and cause drop in self-esteem, so in a bid to look superb, people spend lots of money getting creams and lotion that still won’t solve the scarring.  

So if you have stretch marks affecting any part of your body, you need to see our doctor. He can tell the depth of your stretch marks by simply looking at your skin and review your medical history, feel the depth of the marks and then begins to work on the stretch marks using the appropriate option that best fit your skin.

TREATMENT OPTIONS
We use the fraxel or fractional laser or simply called the CO2 in the treatment of stretch mark.
With a fraxel or CO2 laser, you are sure of the result of treatment. This laser works on two principles which is removing some layer of the skin involved and also sending heat to the dermis to stimulate more collagen formation.

The first few days will cause reddening and darkening of the area involved with exfoliation and discomfort.

Subsequently there will be total removal of the stretch mark in the involve area because new skin formation and collagen formation in the involved area.

The down time is between 2-4 weeks for every treatment and you are sure of a clear new skin. This procedure requires multiple sessions especially if they are old stretch marks.
The areas treated with the CO2 laser or fraxel laser might be sore for some days but the skin strength and integrity is restored back in no time. Other functions of the CO2 laser include vaginal tightening, acne scars, post burn scars, keloids, hypertrophic scars, wrinkles, pigment removal, skin resurfacing etc.

There is also option of micro needling, derma brasion and chemical peeling with combine use of medical products to cause new cell renewal and collagen stimulation. 

Just in case you’re too far from our clinic and thinking about the distance, do not be discourage, you can place order for some of our products which in fact its effective as you can expect. Just simply combine any of the following products:-Copper Serum, SND Corrector, and Intensive Scar repair with Microneedle Roller.
These products contain medical ingredients that either increases or stimulate collagen formation.
Common complications are: Redness, Pain, Hyperpigmentation, Scarring, Superficial wound.
Wound and Wound care

Over the years, wound has plague humanity and many methods of treatment has been developed to modify the challenges that have affected the human system. Over the years many have defined wound as either break in the epithelial lining of the surface of an organ or tissue while some feel wound is simple an ulcer.
It became obvious to me that not many articles has been published or written for the public to understand the concept of wound; People don’t really know where, who and how to get wound care. Therefore, we have decided to write a little on wound care for the public to understand
In developing countries, it’s been a big challenge of whom and how to refer a patient with wound care in both primary health centers and other referral centers. Many are not so particular on the care of wound because of the complexity and the challenges of wound. 
What is wound?
In standard Practice, wound is defined as a break in the structural integrity of a tissue or an organ. Wound can be interchange with an ulcer but not all wound are ulcer. Wound is damage in structural integrity of the tissue while in ulcer it is a break in the lining of the tissue or organ e.g a closed contusion injury of the skin which might not have an obvious injury but the integrity of the tissue has been compromised this could be as a result of injury caused by trauma or burn. 

This can also be looked into as direction of injury to organs like kidney or liver where there could be closed injury to those organs without an outside manifestation of problem.
Wound can be applied to involve many organs in the body but for a lot of people, wound is seen only affecting the skin. This can be well explained in injury involving the skin like in thermal injury which involves the underlying structure of the skin like the nerve or blood vessels as seen in the 4th degree burns. 
It may appear simply as an abrasion, laceration, bruises, burn wound, open wound, closed wound, contusion, concussion, maceration and so on.

Wound Classification?
Many methods have been used to classify wound but can simply be classified as;
1, Infected wound e.g. wound due to infection
2,Metabolic wound e.g. diabetic ulcer
3,Venous ulcers e.g. varicose vein ulcer which we often see on the inner ,lower part of the legs
4,Malignant ulcer e.g. ulcer or wound due to things like skin cancer. This can be seen on any part of the body starting from the face to the leg. breast cancer ulcer, skin cancer ulcer etc.
5,Arterial ulcer-this is a wound as a result of poor / reduced blood flow to part of the body especially the leg
6,Hematogenous ulcer e.g. sickle cell anaemia ulcer, Commonly experienced by people with sickle cell anaemia. 
7, Traumatic ulcer e.g. after fall or accident
8, Burn ulcer or wound e.g. wound in people who sustained injury from burn

WHAT YOU SHOULD AVOID
Any suspicious wound should not be kept away from the doctor .Most times  people with wound and burns visit pharmacy or chemist and they prescribed antibiotics without proper investigations; This could lead to micro bacteria resistant which could make antibiotics treatment difficult for the same person in other infection difficult because of abuse of antibiotics.

How do you treat wound or ulcer?
In the western society, there is wound specialist but most of their works varies around wound in Nigeria the wound specialist are the Plastic Surgeons.
Often times, people have this notion that plastic surgeons is meant for beauty, nose and breast fixer but trust me, they do more than that in their daily activities.

What is liposuction?
Liposuctioning is a minimally invasive surgery done to shape the body. Liposuction is a minimal risk procedure which is safe and use in improving and reshaping of the body. Liposuction does not require you spending days after the procedure, you can return to daily activity as soon as you feel comfortable. The procedure is not a whole day thing, its takes few hours or less and you’re ready to go. Fat removed from one part of the body can be injected to other part where contouring is desired (fat transfer).This same fat can serve as a good substitute for prosthetics breast implants or silicon breast  implant which we noticed  n many especially the colored skin that they are averse to it.
Areas of concern for body sculpturing are the abdomen, thighs, breasts, hips, pubis, buttocks, male breast tissue (gynaecomastia), chin/neck, back of the arms, the love handles, the legs and the forehand.

How we work
In our clinic, we make use of the power assisted liposuction machine (2015 edition Moller) with tumescent technique in liposuction and fat transfer. This technique uses cannula that has a spinning end to break the fat while the fat is being suctioned. In this procedure we use standard markings and incisions less than 5mm to pass the cannula under the skin to the fat layer while the cannula with a spinning end breaks the deep and superficial fats and simultaneously suck the fats.

This technique has been proven to reduce bruising and bleeding, less risk and discomfort. Liposuction is usually done as an outpatient procedure in our properly equipped clinic for localized areas of the body especially when there is no other major procedure to be done. In general, it does not require an overnight hospital stay unless a large volume of fat is being removed or additional procedure is done. Local anesthesia is used in some cases and you may or may not be given a sedative to help you relax. If a large area or volume of fat is being removed, general anesthesia or deep sedation with a local anesthetic may be used.
Our fat transfer is by use of Tulip cannula an American device after careful separation of the fat before transfer is done to request areas of the body e.g. the butt or the face.

Acne

This is a common skin problem that affects both young and old, either in the active phase or reminiscences stage with scarring of the face, arm, back and shoulder. While it might sound funny from our observation and experience, acne affects teenagers and it is also common in people in their early age. Many adult are also living with the consequence of acne they had in past or the complications from the acne or as a result of products recommended by people or cosmetic shops.
It should be clear that a block or clog of the skin pore will result into acne after the sebaceous gland secretion fails to get to the surface of the skin. In addition there are also organisms in or on the skin that facilitate more oil product with resultant effect of more acne or oil production. A lot of people having active acne, in addition to excess oil secretion, while people look for solution, many problems therefore occur as a result of using all sorts of skin care products. 

What can be done?
Understanding of what is good and appropriate for the face is very important. Treatment of the menace starts from visit of specialist doctor or getting the right recommendation of products.