Stretch marks (Striae) is a heartache for many women. This often occur when the skin has been stretched beyond limits, such as during puberty, pregnancy, weight loss, or side effects from certain medications and harsh skincare products.
STRETCH MARK IS NOT DEADLY
The trauma most women go through to eliminate stretch marks can be so pathetic. Stretch marks are normal and not a death sentence but it doesn’t mean you have to live with them if you don’t want to.
The good news is, there’s a treatment for stretch marks that helps give you the clear, smooth, touchable skin you’ve been dreaming of.
Laser stretch marks treatment is a non-surgical procedure that uses pulses of fractional laser light to break down stretch marks and improve the appearance of your skin over time.
In just a few simple treatments, redness can typically be reduced, stubborn old white stretch marks can be smoothed, and your skin can be ready to bare.
It’s a fast and easy treatment that typically takes 20-30 minutes, yet it can deliver long lasting results. Best of all, there is usually no downtime with the treatment.
This damage causes the dermal tissue to become inflamed and may cause micro bleeding and the formation of scar tissue typical of stretch marks. Consequently, rough, irregular reddish lines begin to form.
As the middle layer of skin stretches the epidermis or exterior layer of skin, it is also forced to stretch and becomes transparent.
Eventually, the stretch marks from the middle layer of the skin begin to protrude through the outer layer so that the stretch marks are not covered at all by the epidermis. As the inflammation and bleeding heal, scar tissue is formed, leaving a stretch mark.
What is laser therapy?
This is a medical treatment that uses focused light. Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.
This allows it to be focused on powerful beams. Laser light is so intense that it can be used to shape diamonds or cut steel.
Uses of laser therapy
- Shrink or destroy tumors or precancerous growths.
- Relieve symptoms of cancer
- Remove kidney stones
- Improve vision
- Treat hair loss
- Repair a detached retina etc
Laser Treatment of Stretch Marks.
This treatment for stretch mark removal may require a maximum of 3-5 treatments typically.
Light therapy is appropriate for any skin type, including very light and very dark skin. But there are still factors to consider if you are eligible for one.
A fractional laser uses micro fractional laser technology. The pulses of fractional laser light are used to break down stretch marks, triggering new tissue production at the site and helping to improve stretch mark color.
The new collagen can leave the stretch mark smoother in texture and reduce the appearance of the stretch mark on the skin.
The procedure can be performed in as little as 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Most people feel minimal pain during the laser procedure even after being injected with a pain killer.
If you want to undergo laser treatment, you may need three to five treatment sessions for optimum results, but the results and numbers of treatments vary.
You can resume your regular activities immediately following the treatment session.
THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LASER TREATMENT
1. You may experience temporary redness and swelling of the stretch mark which may last a few days.
2. Skin crusting in the affected area may occur
3. Changes in skin color
4. Risk of skin infection
5. You may develop scarring
6. Bleeding may occur.
Treatments for stretch marks
Treatments are available through skin doctors and plastic surgeon. These practitioners helps individuals suffering from stretch marks in reducing their appearance.
No solution has been shown to work for everyone, because our skin varies. But many people find success with some of the following treatments.
There is little evidence that confirm tretinoin (retinoic acid) works, a cream containing 0.1 percent tretinoin cream were shown to help diminish early or minor stretch marks.
Tretinoin often called by its brand name Retin-A, can cause side effects, such as redness and peeling. Pregnant or nursing women should not use this drug.
It can penetrate through the upper layer of skin and rebuild collagen, which explains how it improves stretch marks for some people.
Tretinoin is available only by prescription. Its benefits appear to be strongest when used on new stretch marks, so you should seek treatment as early as possible.
Once the marks have faded to white or silver, tretinoin may not be beneficial.
Laser and light therapy are proven ways to significantly improve the appearance of stretch marks. This is an expensive procedure that actually works.
This therapy is one of the newest treatments for stretch marks that appear to be effective in reducing their appearance.
Pulsed dye lasers and intense pulsed light can improve the appearance of stretch marks and increase collagen production over time. This is often done by a professional such as a plastic, cosmetic, or skin surgeon.
Laser Stretch Mark Removal
Stretch mark removal demands the artful and delicate use of our multiple lasers.
I understand how traumatic stretch marks can be, no matter where they are on the body. There are many advertised removal treatments that don’t deliver on promises, leaving stretch mark sufferers frustrated and disillusioned.
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are actually scars that appear as depressed streaks in the skin, which are often pink, reddish, or purplish. They are most often present on the breasts, upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and stomach. They are more common in pregnant women or those who experience rapid weight gain.
On the other hand, stretch marks all over the body can signal disease conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome or another adrenal gland disease.
There are various treatments that can reduce the appearance of stretch marks but these treatments won’t necessarily completely remove them.
How does Laser Stretch Mark Removal work?
Stretch marks are all very different and complicated to treat. That’s why treatment can be customized to suit each individual specific needs.
Stimulating the production of new collagen in the stretch mark
A typical treatment protocol to remove stretch marks usually includes 3-4 different lasers per session, as well as a variety of non-laser modalities such as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) with Physiological Regulating Medicine (PRM) formulations, and hyperbaric oxygen treatments.
First, every stretch mark is individually targeted with the laser.
A color blending laser treatment causes the “turn-over” of excess melanin that may be held in the stretch mark. This evens out the coloration, blending it with the surrounding skin.
Removal of Redness
Some stretch marks are red because of excess vascularization. Using different laser technology, we target this micro-vasculature, to make the redness go away.
Stimulation of Collagen
Lastly, this stimulates the production of new collagen with an intense collagen treatment to fill in the stretch mark from the inside out. This treatment targets old deteriorated collagen fibers deep in the dermis that are beyond repair in order to accelerate its removal through your body’s own natural processes. Other less damaged collagen will be remodeled into new and younger collagen.
It also targets fibroblast cells throughout the dermis, stimulating them to produce amplified quantities of new, young, and healthy collagen. This process requires 2-3 different lasers.
Smoothing of the Skin
The final part of the laser stretch mark removal treatment is it smoothen out the surface of the scar with an epidermal resurfacing laser (a laser peel).
This phase removes a precise portion of the upper layers of the epidermis (the dead cells on the top layer), along with its imperfections, discolorations, fine wrinkles and roughness.
As a prerequisite, it is important for patients to understand that all stretch marks are unique, and each is an anomaly.
Thus, not only do treatment outcomes vary from patient to patient but even on the same patient, two stretch marks just a few inches away from each other can be very different and will treat differently as they go through stages of remodeling and healing.
A Natural Regeneration
The entire process is natural, wherein it stimulates the regenerative mechanisms inherent in a patient’s skin and then allow time for the skin to heal, remodel the stretch marks, and generate new tissue.
The stretch marks often look worse after each treatment before they heal and look better. They are likely to be red and swollen, and in some skin types, temporary pigmentation called “post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation” is common, which can be minimized with special creams and resolved after the physical stretch marks have been treated.
With each phase, the stretch marks progressively blend back into the surrounding skin becoming less and less noticeable.
After multiple treatments, the stretch marks progressively blend back into the surrounding skin
Multiple Treatments is Needed
While some stretch marks resolve quickly, in as few as 3 laser treatments, the process may take considerably longer…. from 3 to 5 to 8 treatment sessions.