Stretch marks treatments are growing increasingly popular. Stretch marks are most often caused by pregnancy, but they can also result from puberty, bodybuilding, or any rapid weight gain or loss. They often occur on the abdominal area, lower back, buttocks, hips, thighs, breasts, and arms. Most stretch marks treatments involve laser therapy, which can help the skin rejuvenate, reducing the mark’s appearance and leaving skin smoother and more even.
How Stretch Marks Treatments Work
Stretch marks appear when the dermis (middle layer of skin) is stretched beyond normal capacity, resulting in red, white, and silver streaks. This stretching causes 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. You can learn even more about what causes stretch marks, but most people want to know about they can be improved with laser treatments.
The first thing you should know is that the earlier the treatment, the better the results tend to be. While laser treatments won’t completely rid your body of stretch marks, they can significantly reduce their visibility. Two types of lasers are used for this type of skin resurfacing treatment: ablative and non-ablative lasers. The ablative lasers will treat stretch marks by destroying the upper layer of skin, while non-ablative lasers target the underlying areas of the skin’s surface to promote collagen growth.
What to Expect from Laser Treatments for Stretch Marks
When you visit one of our offices for stretch marks treatments, a topical numbing cream will be applied before the procedure. New stretch marks are treated with vascular, ablative lasers that target damaged blood vessels. Older stretch marks are treated with fractional, non-ablative 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. Talk to your dermatologist about which laser treatments will work best for your stretch marks.
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. 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, while older stretch marks will diminish by 40 to 70 percent.
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. No single laser is effective in treating all conditions, especially when it comes to conditions as complicated and unique as stretch marks. 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. If you’re interested in learning about how stretch marks treatments can help you, visit us.
*Results may vary per patient. Services vary by location.
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It is rare to find a dermatologist who is as knowledgeable about the many facets of clinical and cosmetic dermatology as Dr. Zelickson. Because of his knowledge and honesty, doctors worldwide know they can depend on his assessment of new therapies, procedures and medical devices. This, in turn, has made him a much sought–after speaker for the plethora of professional medical society meetings and engagements that we have throughout the year. I am honored to know Dr. Zelickson and consider him a friend to the profession.
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We have felt honored to have Dr. Brian Zelickson, a world–renowned dermatologist who is distinguished as a high–quality care physician, serving as the investigator evaluating Syneron non–invasive skin tightening technology
I trained with Dr. Zelickson at Mayo Clinic, and I found him to be a very bright and creative dermatologist and scientist. Later, he was our best advisor when we set up our clinic in the Basque Country in Spain. I call him the ‘paparazzi of dermatology.’ His contribution to our speciality is probably among the best of this century.
Tuve la suerte de conocer al Dr. Brian Zelickson en Minneapolis hace muchos anos y desde entonces acudo regularmente a compartir sus conocimientos. Es un científico honrado, brillante, creativo e innovador. Nunca deja de sorprenderte agradablemente.
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Dr. Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in the field of lasers for the treatment of the skin. His many years experience in treating thousands of patients with lasers and other medical devices makes him one of the most sought–after doctors in this field. Innovation and caring are his trademarks.