Stretch Marks Treatment
What are Stretch Marks?
A dressing Stretch marks has always been one of the most difficult issues in dermatology but now there are laser treatments which give a great degree of improvement.
Where do they occur?
Stretch marks can occur in females on the abdomen, arms, breasts, buttocks and thighs. Men develop them on the shoulders, arms and back and thighs. Initially they are purplish in colour then they become silvery grey later.
What treatments have been used for Stretch marks and can they be prevented?
There are plenty over-the-counter stretch marks laser treatments, such as Strivectin, Retino products, glycolic acids However none of them have been medically proven to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Dermabrasion or chemical peels have also been used with minimal results. Surgical options involve removing areas of stretched skin. These techniques are effective, but are more invasive than other options and thus involve longer recovery time. New advances in lasers such as Fraxel have shown improvement in stretch marks. The degree of success with stretch marks laser treatments will be impacted by your age, your skin tone and the age of the stretch marks.
How do Laser Stretch Marks Treatments Work?
Current laser technology has been shown to improve or eliminate red or raised scars. The science of using lasers to remove stretch marks is that it stimulates the skin's natural synthesis of collagen. Cosmetic laser treatment for stretch marks works to stimulate renewed growth of depleted collagen. It removes damaged skin tissue, seals broken blood vessels and repairs the fibers of the middle skin. This helps to "fill in" the stretch marks. Anti-stretch mark creams also follow the same line of treatment but are not very effective. This is because creams do not penetrate beyond the top layer of the skin. Thus, they do not reach the layer where the skin produces collagen. However, lasers reaches the underlying levels of the skin and effectively repairs the damage.
Which is the most effective laser treatment for Stretch marks?
The Fraxel laser is the most effective laser treatment for Stretch marks available today. The Fraxel can stimulate stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis while resurfacing about 20% of your skin's surface with each treatment. After a series of treatments, one will see improvement in the texture, diameter and depth of the stretch marks. The laser treatment for stretch marks requires a topical anesthetic beforehand. During the stretch marks treatments, the hand piece is gently guided across the skin like an airbrush painting your skin with micro-treatments beneath the surface of your skin. Stretch marks treatments normally take about 20-25 minutes. The redness that is noticed after treatment goes away in a few days.