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What is a stretch mark?
A stretch mark is actually a tear in the dermis of the skin. It occurs when skin is stretched beyond its natural ability to adjust to changes in volume accommodation. The tears are usually linear and can be very short, or as in the case of pregnancy, span many inches.
Stretch marks often affect women in pregnancy, but they can also be brought about by adolescent growth spurts, hormones, weight gain, steroid use and isometric exercises. No matter the reason, stretch marks are unwelcome.
Laser Treatment for Stretch Marks
Fractional laser systems have proven to provide the most efficient means of diminishing stretch mark appearance. We use fractional laser to help rebuild collagen and smooth the skin surface. With multiple treatment sessions, patients will often see improved pigmentation blending as the process seems to assist melanin cell migration into the field of the stretch mark itself.
How does laser work to lessen the appearance of stretch marks?
Because the tear is permanent, the only remedy is to force a collagen response to rebuild some of the collagen support layer adjacent to the mark. Fractional laser “turns on” the collagen rebuilding by the use of heat delivered into the deeper layer of the skin. As the collagen is restored, the tear in the dermis shrinks and the mark is less visible. Although Fraxel improves stretch mark appearance, it cannot remove the mark altogether.
How many stretch mark laser sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you’ll need will depend on several factors
- Your skin type and colour
- Severity of the stretch marks to be treated
- Number of marks in the affected area