Stretch marks do not pose a health concern to patients, however, they are a common complaint and can be distressing to many patients. Stretch marks can affect abdomen, buttocks, thighs, breasts, back, axillae and groin areas.
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Stretch marks are a form of dermal scarring that happens due to stretching of the skin. They are the result of rapid weight gain or weight loss that cause structural alterations of elastin and collagen. Histology studies have shown that stretch marks appear due to a reduction and reorganization of elastin and fibrillin fibers. These studies also show epidermal atrophy, less blood flow to skin, and densely packed collagen bundles which look very similar to scars.
The goal of any treatments is to significantly reduce redness, swelling, irritation, and to simultaneously increase collagen production. Treatment mechanisms are adopted from treating scars. Topical medication is a common treatment that is recommended for stretch marks. However, the rate of success for these treatment protocols is unclear as protocols can differ from patient to patients and physician to physician. Common topical treatments include tretinoin and retinoids.
Physical treatment interventions include the use of deep fractionated and ablative lasers. These lasers aim to trigger the patients collagen production with the aim of breaking up the scar and forcing your body to create new skin. Lasers like the Lumenis Accupulse have an FDA approval of treatment of scars. Since stretch marks are a form of scars, the same approach and concepts are applied to this skin challenge. Common lasers used are for treatment CO2 fractional lasers, IPL, and Nd:Yag lasers.
Tabaie, S. M., Nasr, E., Naderi, M. S., & Rezvan, M. (2018). Treatment of striae distensae using fractional ablative CO2 laser in skin types II-IV: A retrospective case series study. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 1-5. doi:10.1080/14764172.2018.1493512
Laser treatments are known for being quick, and many of our treatment sessions take less than half an hour.
The exact length of your treatment will vary depending on your specific condition, type of laser, and extent of your treatment.
To get the best results with laser skin treatments, most patients will require multiple sessions over the course of several weeks.
The exact number of treatment visits you require will depend on the severity and type of imperfection you wish to treat, as well as factors that are unique to your skin and body.
One of the most common side effects of laser skin treatment is a sensation similar to sunburn following your procedure, which will go away in just a few days. Often, the site of your treatment will appear dark or crusty following your visit—this is naturally part of your body’s healing process, and will fade away to reveal your results over time.
Usually, patients with large varicose veins are not good candidates for laser treatment, and tend to opt for surgical treatment.
For patients with particularly severe acne, medications may be required in conjunction with your laser treatment to see desired results.
Because there are so many factors that come into play—such as the type of treatment and extent of the affected area—the price of treatment will vary from one person to the next. After meeting with our staff, we’ll determine the best way to achieve your desired results.
However, we DO provide 12-month, zero interest financing for most of our procedures—achieving healthier, clearer skin has never been more affordable.
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