Stretchmarks are bands of lines visible on the skin. These lines can vary in color and size from purple, grey or white. The common cause of stretch marks is often related to the sudden change of weight such as pregnancy or weight loss/gain and in adolescents (growth). Stretch marks are not dangerous or harmful but their appearance to some, depending on where they are located, can cause concern especially when there’s a significant difference in color and or size.
Collagen is needed to keep your skin stretchy, so the less there is in your skin, the more likely it is that stretch marks will develop. Laser treatments will induce collagen production to rebuild the area of the stretchmarks in your skin that is thin and over-stretched. Stretch mark removal laser treatments also work to diminish any discoloration and improve the texture of your skin.Stretch mark removal laser treatments work to create microscopic injuries in the skin where the stretch marks are leaving normal, untreated skin in between. The untreated skin creates a response in the body to produce more collagen, which helps heal the treated area quickly. You will see good results with minimal downtime.
Immediately following laser stretch mark removal, the affected area will be red and tender. This is because layers of scarred skin have been removed and new skin is being grown.. Most patients heal from a treatment within a few days, but healing has been known to take as long as a few weeks in certain cases, particularly those requiring more extensive therapy.
Laser stretch mark removal is highly effective in most cases especially if it is red and new stretch marks. As with any other technique, success is dependent on the prevalence and age of the stretch marks in question – older and more serious stretch marks are more difficult to treat. Patients often require several treatments to completely remove stretch marks. In the most serious cases, even a series of laser treatments may only reduce the visibility of stretch marks rather than removing them completely. Each case is unique.