Laser stretch mark treatment is a non-surgical procedure that uses pulses of fractional laser light to break down stretch marks and improve the appearance of your skin. In just a few simple treatments, redness can typically be reduced, old white stretch marks can be smoothed.
When stretch marks are new, lasers may effectively reduce redness and stop inflammation. Whilst red stretch marks are easier to improve, white stretch marks may not be as responsive to treatment, although improvements in texture have been noted. Some laser treatments may also induce collagen growth which can then improve the appearance of the skin.
One relatively new and effective laser treatment option is fractional laser therapy. This is when the laser issues a series of small, closely-spaced injuries to the skin, whilst preserving normal untreated skin in-between the treated areas. The normal skin then helps to heal the wound, replacing the treated area with healthy new skin.
That said, treating stretch marks on darker skins can be difficult and risky, as darker skins contain more of the pigment, melanin. This pigment is designed to absorb light and protect the skin from the sun. During laser therapy, then, the melanin may steal away and absorb the laser light, causing skin damage rather than improvement.
Surgical stretch mark removal
This technique involves removing the area of stretched skin. One example of surgical stretch-mark removal is the tummy tuck procedure, during which skin below the belly button is removed. But before you get too excited, there is a downside to these procedures: though they may remove the stretch marks, they may also leave behind surgical scars.
Non-invasive stretch mark removal options
Other stretch mark-removal options include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and blue light therapy.
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