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Laser Treatment for Stretchmarks

Laser treatment for stretch mark removal is becoming an increasingly common skin care procedure. The Lux1540 Fractional non-ablative laser has received the first clearance by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of stretch marks, and it has only become more popular in recent years. This type of laser treatment for stretchmarks is available at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists.

It is estimated that close to 90% of women have stretch marks. These occur normally as a result of puberty, pregnancy, hormonal changes and weight gain. This fact does little to alleviate the embarrassment that most women feel at the appearance of these unsightly striations on their skin. If you’re interested in learning about how a laser treatment for stretchmarks can change your life, visit the skin care professionals at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists.


Understanding Laser Treatment for Stretchmarks

Clinical studies have shown that subjects treated with the Lux1540 achieved an average improvement of between 51% and 75% in the appearance of their stretch marks based on a blind review of photographs. These images compared the pre-treatment appearance of stretch marks versus the results three months post treatment. These results indicate laser treatment for stretchmarks makes a big difference in the way you look and feel.

Researchers have confirmed that the Lux1540 is the first laser treatment for stretch marks that truly works. The new clearance from the Food and Drug Administration expands the broad range of treatments offered by the Lux1540, which may be used to treat surgical scars, acne scars, and melasma, as well as offer non–ablative skin resurfacing. The non-ablative fractional laser allows for comfortable treatments with little to no impact on the patient’s daily activities.


Preparing For Your Laser Treatment for Stretchmarks

The laser we use, the Lux1540, can improve the unsightly color and skin texture associated with stretch marks, leaving clients with smoother, better-looking skin. During the procedure, your doctor will apply topical anesthesia to numb the skin. You will also wear goggles for eye protection. The head of the laser device will delivery heat energy, and it may feel slightly hot. Unlike other lasers, this device cools as it moves, keeping the skin underneath comfortable and protected. Most treatments usually last around 30 minutes.

The fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing laser minimizes the appearance of stretch marks with no downtime. This means you’ll be able to return to regular activities directly after the treatment. However, your doctor may ask you to apply ice to the skin to reduce redness before you leave.


Visiting a Doctor for Stretchmark Treatment

Every skin care company claims to have a stretchmark treatment that works, from creams and ointments to injections. In reality, a laser treatment is the the only way to effectively rid your body of stretchmarks. If you’re ready for a solution, Contact us to schedule a consultation. We can talk to you about your treatment options, how a laser treatment for stretchmarks can help, and what to expect at your appointment. Don’t let stretchmarks impede your confidence. Schedule your consultation today.


Brian D. Zelickson, MD, director of Zel Skin & Laser Specialists in Edina, Minn. was named president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in patient care by advancing laser applications and related technologies. A member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Dermatology and director of its Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Dr. Zelickson took office at Laser 2011, the ASLMS annual scientific conference being held in Grapevine, Texas, in early April.

“The field of laser medicine has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, due in large part to the committed scientists, researchers and physicians who are continually improving our understanding of how laser and light–based technologies can enhance our diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities,” said Dr. Zelickson. “It is an honor and a privilege to lead this esteemed group of global thought leaders as we navigate the next frontier of laser advances aimed at improving detection and diagnosis of disease, enhancing treatment outcomes and reducing the risk, and perhaps even preventing complex medical and aesthetic conditions.”

Internationally recognized for his accomplishments and contributions to laser medicine and surgery, Dr. Zelickson’s special medical interests include laser tissue interaction and dermatology. He has published more than 30 medical journal articles in the field and is credited with developing new energy based medical technology for Dermatology Dr. Zelickson has developed ASLMS course work that is used across the country to train other physicians in laser techniques and recently served on the Government Liaison/Blue Ribbon Committee of the ASLMS and. A Mayo–trained physician, he also has been repeatedly named one of the Twin Cities’ “Top Doctors” by Mpls. St. Paul magazine.

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) is the world’s preeminent resource for laser research, safety, education, and clinical knowledge. Founded in 1980, ASLMS promotes excellence in patient care by advancing clinical application of lasers and related technologies. For more information and physician referrals, please log on to the Society’s website: www.aslms.org.

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