Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched quickly over a period of time, most often during pregnancy or rapid weight gain. The layers of stretched skin are torn, and replaced by scar tissue. When the weight is lost, the stretch marks usually remain. They generally appear as light pink or purplish threads, and normally show up on the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, breasts, and hips. While they aren’t a health hazard, they do pose a cosmetic problem for many people.
Stretchmark Laser Therapy
Laser therapy generally reduces the appearance of a stretchmarks. We use both the yellow light Cynergy™ Pulsed dye laser and the Fraxel re:store™ resurfacing laser to treat stretch marks. Both of these advanced laser systems work to induce remodeling of the collagen under the skin to allow for fading in color and blending of the texture of the stretch mark.
Do all types of stretch marks respond to laser treatment?
The younger stretch marks seem to respond best to laser treatment, however, we have had significant fading in some patients with mature stretch marks.
How long do treatments last?
Treatments can last anywhere from ten minutes to an hour, depending on the severity of the stretch marks and the area of skin that is affected.
How many treatments will I need?
You can expect to return for a series of treatments; from two to six sessions can be required.
How much will the treatments cost?
Cost ranges from $100 to $ 2,000 per treatment session, and is based on the amount of skin being treated at one time.