Whether you call them ugly scars or tiger stripes – it is hard to ignore the linear streaks on our skin that can be unflattering whenever we look in the mirror.
Medically known as striae – stretch marks are essentially tears on the skin that appear due to sudden weight gain or rapid growth. Some studies have shown that 80% of people will experience stretch marks, with women being twice as likely to have it than men!
Appearing as streaks on your skin, they develop as a different color and texture than your normal skin, and feel like slight indentations. They come in various colors – starting out as reddish lines that afterwards fade into white marks on the stomach, arms, thighs and buttocks.
Due to the rapid stretching of the skin, what happens is that the collagen bundles under your skin breaks, leading to the loss of the supportive structures underneath.
Though they can never really disappear completely, there are various solutions that can help to lighten and improve the appearance of stretch marks. One of them is laser stretch mark removal, which has made it possible for those who wish to say goodbye to their tiger stripes do so at a much faster rate than ever before!
How do lasers work to remove stretch marks?
Understanding how stretch marks work – lasers work to remove stretch marks in 2 ways; either removing the outer layer of skin to help restructure the skin’s surface, or by stimulating collagen and elastin production in the skin to improve its appearance overtime.
By targeting powerful beams of energy in concentrated amounts onto targeted areas, it helps to encourage new skin to grow, which can help to heal stretch marks naturally to smoothen its appearance. Since laser therapy also works to trigger melanin production in the skin – it activates the pigment cells to blend your stretch marks in with your normal skin tone.
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) stated that laser therapy can significantly improve the appearance of stretch marks by as much as 20 to 60 percent after several sessions. In fact, the study concluded that laser treatment for stretch marks as more effective than topical creams; with those in the laser treated group continuing to see clinical improvements for 6 months or more after treatment!
Laser stretch mark removal
We offer one of the best stretch mark removal solutions to bring out the most confident you!
Utilizing the powerful Edge Fractional CO2 treatment and Fraxel Dual laser, combined with the Q-switched Nd:YAG and V-Beam Perfecta laser – we are able to treat all stretch marks, regardless of their color! In fact, a group of researchers in 2012 concluded that fractional CO2 laser is an effective laser for removing stretch marks!
We firmly believe that our treatment is more successful than others, simply due to the fact that we optimize multiple lasers to treat according to not just the type of stretch mark you have, but also based on your individual skin type. In addition, our lasers can also work to treat multiple conditions such as acne scar removal!
- Why do we develop stretch marks?
There can be many reasons as to why you develop stretch marks; including:
– Having dramatic weight loss or gain
– Having a family history of stretch marks
– Using certain medications that causes cortisol levels to rise
- How long is the treatment?
A typical treatment session can take anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes.
- Are there any side effects?
You may notice slight redness, tenderness and mild discomfort that should subside within a few weeks. Your skin will also scab over during this period in order for new tissues to reveal itself.
Considered a non-invasive treatment, you should be able to return to your daily activities immediately after treatment.
- What results can be expected?
Most patients only need one treatment to last them for years; however, this ultimately depends on how well you take care of your skin. You should be able to notice results after several weeks as new skin starts to grow.
It is important that you have realistic expectations prior to getting your first session done, as there is a possibility that your stretch marks do not disappear completely. Stretch marks are permanent changes in the dermis; however, laser treatment for stretch marks proves to be the most effective method to date!
Being body positive is important during this process – make sure to take good care of your skin by eating well and exercising regularly to prevent stretch marks from forming in the first place!