See significant improvements in the appearance of stretch marks with fractional laser resurfacing
Stretch marks appear when the underlying tissues in an area grow faster than the skin can stretch to accommodate, creating tears in the underlying structure and scarring the skin. Stretch marks can be worsened by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding, hormone replacement therapy, or other changes in hormone levels. Dark purple or reddish in tone, stretch marks will usually fade somewhat over time.
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing works to repair the tears and scar tissue of stretch marks, as well as to fade their color. There is no perfect treatment for stretch marks that will completely remove all marks. With Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing for stretch marks, you can expect to see a 50-75% improvement over 3-5 sessions spaced every 2 months, with full results 3-4 months after the last treatment.
The laser skin resurfacing difference
The damaged skin of stretch marks lacks the underlying structure that provides strength and support for the rest of your skin. There are many ways to work towards rebuilding that structure, most of which involve replacing collagen, a bouncy protein that helps serve as a scaffolding for other proteins in your skin’s structure. Many treatments work by stimulating your body to increase collagen production, including skin care products, dermal fillers, and many types of lasers. Skin care products are the least effective of these treatments, and most patients do not find adequate results from using these products alone. Dermal fillers are not a good solution for stretch marks as they create volume, which stretch marks rarely need replaced. Chemical peels and other exfoliation techniques work to remove layers of skin, which is the opposite result you want for stretch marks. Laser is the only treatment which will help to rebuild the missing underlying structure in any substantial way.