Stretch marks usually appear after the skin has been overstretched and the collagen breaks down. Patients who try creams find that they may help a little, but don’t give lasting improvement. That’s because they don’t go deep enough into the skin to treat the cause of stretch marks.
The laser treatments work by going deeper to help the body produce new tissue in the once-stretched area. The doctor uses a laser light to gently touch the affected skin. As the light penetrates the stretch marks, they stimulate the production of collagen and other structural fibers within the affected skin. As new skin tissue forms, the stretch marks shrink and fade.
Patients rest comfortably as the doctor applies the laser light to the affected skin, tracing over the area of each stretch mark. Some patients feel a slight discomfort during the procedure, so a cooling cream is used to soothe the skin. If any skin redness and swelling occur, they’re only temporary, and won’t affect daily activity.
Most patients need 3 to 5 treatment sessions to achieve optimal results. Lighter-colored stretch marks only affect the surface tissues, so they may respond well to just a few treatments. Darker, deeper stretch marks may require more sessions to produce enough collagen and elastin to rejuvenate the skin.
Laser stretch mark removal normally provides long-lasting results, and in some cases, may be permanent. Whether stretch marks are fine white lines or textured, shaded areas, they fade as treatment progresses. After a series of stretch mark removal sessions, there will be very little indication that the stretch marks were ever present. The practice is currently welcoming new patients, call or schedule an appointment online.
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