Feel More Confident with Reduced Appearance of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are most often caused by pregnancy but can result from puberty, bodybuilding, or any rapid weight gain or loss. They can occur on the abdominal area, lower back, buttocks, hips, thighs, breasts, and arms. Laser treatments of stretch marks can help the skin rejuvenate, reducing their appearance and leaving skin more smooth and even.

The red, and later white and silver, streaks form when the dermis (middle layer of skin) is stretched beyond normal capacity, causing blood vessel dilation that results in inflammation and breakdown of collagen and elastin, resulting in small tears in the supporting layers of the skin. Early-stage stretch marks appear red and are most effectively treated; as the inflammatory process lessens, stretch marks turn white, and older stretch marks may appear silver. All stretch marks can be improved with laser treatments: the earlier the treatment, the better the results.

What to Expect from Laser Treatments for Stretch Marks

A topical numbing cream is applied before the procedure. New stretch marks are treated with vascular lasers that target damaged blood vessels causing inflammation. Older stretch marks are treated with fractional lasers that make microscopic holes in the skin and dermis, which prompts the skin to rejuvenate with increased production of collagen and elastic fibers, revealing renewed skin. Skin will be red and tender immediately following treatment. Most patients heal within a few days, with some experiencing a mild sunburn sensation and/or blistering, though healing may take up to a few weeks in certain cases.

Three to five treatments at monthly intervals produce the best results for most patients. New stretch marks may be reduced as much as 90 percent, older stretch marks by 40 to 70 percent.

Why Choose Zel Skin?

At Zel Skin and Laser Specialists, we’re committed to technologies clinically proven to provide results. Under the leadership of Dr. Brian Zelickson, we’ve invested in more than 15 different types of lasers as no one laser is effective in treating all conditions. Our medically trained staff will work with you to determine the best corrective treatment options for your skin. Together, we’ll help you achieve and maintain your skin’s best appearance.

 

Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation today at our Edina or Plymouth locations.

 

*Results may vary per patient.