Stretch marks, or striae, typically appear after rapid weight gain/loss or when skin is constantly being stretched. Stretch marks occur in the dermis and are a form of scarring that can happen when the skin does not bounce back after being stretched.
Early treatment for stretch marks is best. Depending on the color of your skin, stretch marks can start out pink, red, purple, brown and then in the final stages can become white or silver.
Most treatments you hear about for stretch marks are not very effective, particularly once they are in the final stages. Stretch marks that are pink, red or purple in color can be treated with a vascular laser, such as the V-Beam or IPL-RF laser. This can help to target swollen and inflamed blood vessels, skin cell production and collagen stimulation. Older stretch marks that are more like indentions in the skin can be treated with laser resurfacing procedures like the Sublative RF laser. This treatment uses fractionated bipolar radio frequency technology to deliver targeted heat to the dermis. The RF energy is delivered beneath the surface of the stretch mark, stimulating the body's natural healing response and maximizing collagen production. Collagen production increases over time and with each treatment, produces new healthy skin cells that work to repair, plump and mend the appearance of each stretch mark. Typical treatment plans consist of 3 or more treatments, spaced 4 - 6 weeks apart. The total number of required treatment sessions depends on the condition of your skin and the depth of the stretch marks.
- Quick treatments: typically 10-20 minutes depending on area treated
- Gradual improvement in the treated area, with repair and collagen production continuing in the months after treatment
- Treatment protocol: minimum of 3-5 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart
Cost of treatment varies depending on area to be treated. Call for a free consultation with one of our Licensed Aestheticians/Certified Laser Technicians.
Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from patient to patient and there is no guarantee of specific results.