Stretch marks (Striae) are a fact of life for many women and also some men. Anytime the skin has been stretched too far or too fast—such as during puberty, pregnancy, weight loss, or side effects from certain medications—these unsightly lines appear. Otherwise joyous events such as the arrival of a new baby or a hard-won battle for a new figure can be marred by these distracting marks.
Just because stretch marks are normal doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Finally there’s a treatment for stretch marks that helps give you the clear, smooth, touchable skin you’ve been dreaming of. Laser stretch mark 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. In just a few simple treatments, redness can typically be reduced, old white stretch marks can be smoothed, and your skin can be ready to bare.
Laser Procedure Stretch Marks
During a laser stretch mark removal procedure, a beam of light removes thin layers of skin around the stretch marks. The excimer laser is uniquely effective for this procedure. Instead of burning or cutting the affected skin areas like other lasers, it uses high-energy ultraviolet laser light to disrupt the molecular bonds in the skin tissue, which causes the tissue to disintegrate in a process known as ablation. Once laser stretch mark removal is complete, the treated area will heal quickly, and new layers of healthy skin will form. Stretch marks will have disappeared, and a renewed, healthy appearance will result.
Choose laser stretch mark removal for:
- Smoother, better-looking skin without surgery
- Little to no treatment downtime
- Improved skin appearance
- Well-tolerated treatment sessions
- FDA-cleared treatment
Encouraging collagen remodeling via lasers can help the marks become less noticeable. Unfortunately, they will never disappear completely. For newer stretch marks which are red or purple (striae rubrae), the Pulse Dye laser works best. This can give nice improvements in the color and help fade the stretch marks after a few treatments.
For mature white stretch marks (striae alba), fractionated CO2 laser will encourage collagen remodeling and help improve their appearance.