Stretch Mark Removal
Stretch marks are very difficult to treat. They form when a person grows quickly, gains weight rapidly, or is pregnant. The skin stretches so quickly that the elastic tissue in the skin actually tears. That is why stretch marks don’t go away when the person loses weight or is no longer pregnant. There seem to be genetic factors that make some people more prone to stretch marks than others.
Unfortunately most of the time we can’t completely remove stretch marks but we can make them look less noticeable.
At Jeune we use the Palomar Lux 1540 fractional erbium laser for stretch marks. It is FDA-approved for this indication and gives good results.
Some time has to pass to see results because the laser works by initiating biologic changes in the tissue, like new collagen and elastic fibre formation. The initial effect of the laser is a micro wound caused by hundreds of tiny beams that penetrate the skin and coagulate tissue in place. As the body cleans up these microscopic wounds, growth factors are secreted and new tissue replaces the old. Gradually as the weeks go by and more treatments are done, the changes can be seen on the skin surface as smoothing and blending of the stretch marks. The shininess diminishes, and red stretch marks lose their red colour.
Laser stretch mark treatment takes a commitment for 4-6 treatments, and depending on how extensive a body area needs to be treated, a series of treatments may be needed to get coverage. Discomfort is handled with some anaesthetic ointment applied an hour before the treatment and the application of a cold rolling device that chills and soothes the skin. This is a procedure without down time, but there is some redness and swelling for a day or two.
Skin needling is also effective in reducing the appearance of stretchmarks along with skincare. This can be done at home with a dermal roller, in between fractionated laser treatments.