Have you or somebody you know been plagued by the appearance of stretch marks? They are the most common skin lesion and these marks can usually occur after pregnancy or weight loss. This is due to breakdown in the collagen of the areas where the stretching occured. Although impossible to fully reverse, there are several treatments for stretch marks that can provide aesthetic relief.
Types of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are commonly categorized into two groups, based partially upon their coloration and the time at which the trauma to the skin occurred. Newer stretch marks tend to be red or purple in coloration. This reflects the short amount of time since the stretching and the inability for the skin to heal itself. Older stretch marks are white or grey, and show some sort of healing post-trauma.
How Can Stretch Marks Be Treated?
The goal of any treatment method is to cause the collagen to regrow in the areas of skin that are most affected. Laser treatment for stretchmarks are centered around fractional resurfacing of the area.
It is one of the most common and effective treatments for stretch marks. It is usually completed over several sessions to provide the greatest therapy possible, and to diminish the visibility of the stretch marks.
What is Fractional Resurfacing?
Fractional resurfacing harnesses laser technology to penetrate the top portion of the skin, stimulating fibroblasts to begin dividing. This, in turn, allows the collagen in affected areas of the skin to regrow over several treatments. When mixed with microdermabrasion and photofacial therapies, stretch marks can become barely visible to the patient and others.
What do the Lasers Treat?
Lasers penetrate 1mm through the epidermis and stimulate tissue in the dermal layers of the skin around the scar tissue. This propagates collagen reformation at a rate of 25% each therapeutic session. Healthy tissue surrounding the stretch marks is left untouched and maintains it’s integrity throughout each series of treatments.
Where to Seek Treatment?
Dermatologists are certified to provide both medical and cosmetic care to patients who are suffering from diseases of the skin. Whether these pathologies are life-threatening, or bother-some in nature, they can provide the best possible therapy. These physicians are trained and fully capable of providing a wide variety of treatment options for stretch marks, including fractional resurfacing, microdermabrasion, and phototherapy.