Stretch Mark Solutions – What Can Be Done Safely?


Stretch Mark Solutions - What Can Be Done Safely? Ann Again and again Reviews

Women of all ages regardless of height or weight are susceptible to stretch marks. This is a simple fact. Another fact, which will hopefully make you feel a bit better, is that supermodels – yes, the bikini models you see in Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret – have stretch marks. If you’re like 95% of the women out there with stretch marks you prefer them gone. Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia, offers insights on stretch mark solutions, along with several facts on popular procedures and topical options to prevent and remove stretch marks. Here’s what he has to say – Stretch Mark Solutions – What Can Be Done Safely?

Option #1: Topical Creams & Preventative Foods

“There are a variety of topical treatments, the ones with cocoa butter are the trend, but they won’t do much if anything to improve severe stretch marks. These creams and oils perform better when used as preventive measures because fully developed stretch marks are rarely skin-deep,” explains Dr. Brandow.

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Gelatin powder has been suggested as a great way to get more collagen into your system. Coconut oil mixed with beeswax is said to prevent stretch marks, especially when applied throughout the day. Eating foods rich in vitamin C can help prevent stretch marks from the inside out. Adding things like red peppers, parsley, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts are good bets.


Option #2: Lasers

Many women who have post pregnancy stretch marks turn to lasers to eliminate this unwanted scarring. Kim Kardashian recently announced via her Snapchat that she would undergo laser treatments to rid her stretch marks. The Coolbeam laser, which is the one Kim Kardashian is going with, requires up to 5 treatments at around $5,000 per treatment which adds up to $25,000. Lasers are known for high level of safety and efficacy and most patients come away very pleased with the result. The treated area heals rather quickly, within a week to three weeks.

“Lasers are far less invasive than a tummy tuck, which has a much longer recovery time. Lasers do have some risk in that they can burn the skin or cause tissue damage. Therefore, it’s very important to choose a doctor who knows what they are doing,” advises Dr. Brandow.


Option #3: Platelet Rich Plasma with Micro-needling

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been around for the past two decades and used to help athletes like Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriquez recover from injury. A few years ago, the “Vampire Facial” made headlines when Micro-needling was added to the procedure offering a vibrant, smooth, flawless complexion. The results were so great that cosmetic surgeons started to explore other parts of the body such as stretch marks on the buttocks, breast, arms, thighs and abdomen.

This calls for blood to be taken from the patient then put into a machine that separates the platelet-rich plasma from the blood. It is then spread over the face after the micro-needling is completed. The micro-needling is a process where a pen-like tool with several tiny needles at the tip is carefully guided over the affected area making microscopic holes on both the outer and inner layers of skin. These holes are so small that they heal within a few hours. The process triggers a healing response in the dermis layer which is what causes the fast fading of stretch marks. Doctors recommend micro-needling with PRP over any other treatment because the results are significant and the cost is about $1000 per session. “Micro-needling with PRP is a combination that offers a fast, in office option, with excellent results and is less costly than lasers,” explains Dr. Brandow who was recently on TV speaking of the procedure.

Stretch Mark Solutions - What Can Be Done Safely? Ann Again and again Reviews

Dr. Brandow adds that the advantage of micro-needling with PRP for stretch marks over lasers is a lesser chance of scarring and skin discoloration. “Skin on the body is more susceptible to hyperpigmentation than on the face making Micro-needling is a safer option for ethnicities with varying skin tones. This is a big advantage over cool beam lasers, IPL or chemical peels,” he explains.


Option #4: The Tummy Tuck

This is the gold standard offering the best results however it’s invasive and the recovery time is longer. Known as abdominoplasty, the procedure removes excess skin in the abdominal region and tightens the muscles. The stretch marks below the belly button are discarded along with the excess skin. “The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that comes with risk so typically candidates must be non-smokers in good physical health as certain they will not want more kids after surgery. It’s is the only option for complete and permanent stretch mark removal. Recovery time can be up to 6 weeks and again it is critical that one chooses a reputable doctor. A botched tummy tuck can lead to off-centered belly buttons, long thick scars, and dangerous infections,” warns Dr. Brandow.

Ultimately stretch marks are an unfortunate reality that comes with pregnancy, puberty and any other weight or muscle gain where the skin is stretched. There are preventative measures one can take. Be very wary of anything that seems too good to be true and always consult with a credentialed doctor when considering any kind of cosmetic procedure.


About the Doctor:

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery is a plastic surgeon with 2 locations in the Philadelphia metro area and a 3rd one on the jersey shore. Named a “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery by Philadelphia Magazine as well as nationally recognized for one of America’s “Best Plastic Surgeons” of this decade, Dr. Brandow is a trusted expert who has developed many innovative, minimally invasive procedures for the face, body and skin. He has been featured on local, national and international television programs including 20/20, CNN’s Headline News, Good Morning America.

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To turn a popular phrase… “The 50’s are coming!  The 50’s are coming!”  Yes, I’m very close to the dawn of a new era in my life and parts of my body have been feeling the impeding change for some time.  Fogginess of memory, lack of energy and those ol’ painful knees.  I’ve been using a product for a few months that I feel has really been beneficial in keeping me a bit sharper with my memory and more on my toes – MitoQ.  If you’ve been going in a similar direction, let me share more about this product and, hopefully, MitoQ can work for you as well! You can recharge and re-energize at a cellular level with MitoQ.  I have a 20% off code for you too!

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Recently MitoQ was selected to participate in the National Institute of Aging Testing Program due to its significant potential to reverse or decelerate the aging process and won ‘Product of Year’ award by Truth in Aging 2015 for its second year in a row! (See article here).

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Have You Checked Out Pharmaca? Great Natural Health & Wellness Store!

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I am a lotions and potions girl. When I was a teenager I subjected my friends to the latest skin care routine I read about in Seventeen magazine. When my husband and I go into Home Depot I’m looking for the Beauty aisle. (It’s not there yet but I don’t see why there can’t be a spa section right by the Bathroom remodel aisle.) I enjoy seeking out good, quality skin care and makeup and sometimes my favorites are in more than one location. My eye cream is at the mall, some make-up items are at a store across town and my cleanser and lotion is on-line. Recently I was introduced to a store that has all of these products under one roof along with items to help keep your house clean and chemical free along with a full-service pharmacy, Pharmaca.

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Pharmaca began in Boulder, CO in the year 2000. From one small store Pharmaca is now located in 5 states (for locations click here) and has a full store on-line. Their certified practitioners will help guide customers through their selection of over-the-counter medications, alternative remedies, and natural cosmetics and body care products for a stress-free shopping experience. I felt a sense of calm when I walked in the store and was greeted with pleasant music and a cheerful “let me know if I can help you”.


Ann Again and again Reviews Pharmaca Integrated Pharmacy


After perusing the offerings in the vitamin and personal health care area I was drawn to, what else, the skin care and cosmetics section. They have a Natural Beauty Bar that provides the services of Brow & Facial Waxing. You can also have a full make-up application and/or lash application. These services are walk-in available but can also be made by appointment.


Ann Again and again Reviews Pharmaca Integrated Pharmacy

One my favorite skin care products is the Dr. Haruschka line. The Dr. Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Vitalizing Body Wash is so good!







Ann Again and again Reviews Pharmaca Integrated Pharmacy

Before,during and after you test your products you can rinse off in the wash basin perfectly placed by a sampling of the make-up testers. You’ll definitely want to try the Dr. Hauschka Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash.

Ann Again and again Reviews Pharmaca Integrated Pharmacy





Within Pharmaca you will find health supplements easily identified in symptom categories. If you can’t find what you are looking for trained staff is on hand – and one even noticed my raised eyebrows and chimed in with “Can I help you find something?” Now, if only my kids were that clued in to my expressions!


I’ve had lovely shopping experiences at Pharmaca and was so pleased with the customer service. The Pharmacy was well staffed and the waiting area had hot and iced tea for their waiting clients. If you choose to move your prescriptions to Pharmaca you will receive a $30 gift card, which will be spent well at this store, for sure! There are various monthly events that are focused on the health and well-being of everyone in your family. For August they are featuring the Healthy Mom & Baby event with lots of fun offerings. (Check your local Pharmaca for event dates/times.)


(*Disclosure: I was provided compensation for my review of Pharmaca. My opinions are truthfully my own and I choose to shop here now. Great store!)

JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser

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Since I was 12 I’ve been taking care of my skin.  I would watch my mom during her skin care regime and then create my own.  At slumber parties, who was the one giving facials?  That would be me!  Now that I’m inching closer to 50 the care that I give my skin is vastly different from when I was in my youth.  Increasing hydration and reducing fine lines are big on my list.  Finding products that help facilitate these results are always in my scope. Recently I heard about JeNu and I’m very intrigued.  Using ultrasonic energy the JeNu wand helps increase your skins absorption of your chosen product.  Considering the cost of lotions I want to make sure the product gets in there so I get what I paid for!

JeNu was listed by as a Game-Changing Product to Own in 2015.  JeNu is a hand-held ultrasound wand that helps infuse your eye-creams and anti-wrinkle creams into the skin to help you get the results you’re trying to achieve.  I currently have a skin care cream which contains Vitamin C that has helps reduce fine lines however, I would love to have a tool that would help my lotions and potions work even better!

The independent research group, The Benchmarking Company, gave the JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser System to 160 ethnically diverse women between the ages of 30 and 67 and asked them to use it with their choice of skin care products.  Over 200 products from 80 different brands were used including La Mer, Olay, Clinique, Lancome, Avon and Philosophy.  Here are the results:

  • 90% of the women said that the JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser Syster made their existing products work better
  • 80% of the women said that they felt more confident after adding JeNu to their beauty regime
  • 80% of the women said they couldn’t believe how much faster they saw results from their current products when they added JeNu

There have been 90 clinical tests as well.  30 women between the ages of 23 to 57, used the JeNu wand along with their choice of anti-aging eye cream, Hyaluronic Acid formulas, Retinol Palmitate formula and Vitamin C Serums.  The studies showed average absorption increased 3X when using the JeNu wand.  


Regularly featured on the TV show The Doctors, licensed Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says this about JeNu:

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Quiz! The Best Uses For Coconut Oil

If there’s an item on the dessert menu featuring coconut then that’s the dish for me!  However, there are many other ways to enjoy coconut – and it won’t add to your waistline.  Recently I started Oil Pulling using coconut oil. It’s helped whiten my teeth and is helping to relieve my sinus pain due to allergies.  (Do you have seasonal allergies?  If so, give Oil Pulling a try.  Google it! :-> )

Coconut oil has a tons of uses in your beauty regimen.  As a makeup remover, cuticle helper, body scrub, body moisturizer, lip balm, highlighter, hair treatment and more.  Take this quiz to learn how to use it the right way.

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Caffeinated Cosmetics – Reduce Wrinkles & Fight Sun Damage

Caffeinated Cosmetics - Reduce Wrinkles & Fight Sun Damage .

Not only will caffeine in your coffee get your mind going it can help reduce wrinkles too! Caffeine used in lotions dehydrates fat cells therefore it gives the appearance of smoother skin. Preliminary research also shows that caffeine may help protect against cellular damage caused by sun exposure.  Sounds like a product worth trying!

Caffeine contains healthful antioxidants which produce an anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation in all its aspects is good to avoid and with the benefits of caffeinated lotions they can reduce redness and irritation of the skin, also constricting blood vessels to temporarily tighten and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Here are some caffeinated beauty products to get you started:

Kiehl's Since 1851 - Eye Alert - Kiehl's Since 1851

Kiehl’s Eye Alert


Almay - Almay Wake Up Blush berry 0.16 oz

Almay Wake Up Blush

Almay – Almay Wake Up Blush berry 0.16 oz – $17.97, Free shipping – Available at Marketplace


Smashbox - Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer 0.17 oz/ 5 ml, travel size

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer


100% Pure - Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream - .50oz

100% Pure – Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream – .50oz


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