Appearing as indented marks or thin grooves on the skin, stretch marks (striae) develop when the skin is stretched too quickly or too excessively. This often occurs as a result of pregnancy, puberty, or significant weight gain. While roughly 80 percent of women and men are affected by stretch marks at some point, there are times when these skin irregularities become distracting and frustrating. If you’ve reached this point, try stretch mark removal with lasers.
What is Laser Stretch Mark Removal?
In a nutshell, stretch mark removal with lasers involves using laser energy to remove striae. The outer layer of skin is removed so that the overlying skin layer can regrow in a way that produces smooth, blemish-free skin. The most common areas treated with laser stretch mark removal include:
• Stomach and thighs
• Upper/under arms and breasts
Who are Good Candidates for Stretch Mark Removal?
Preferred candidates for laser stretch mark removal are generally individuals who are interested in minimizing or eliminating stretch marks. However, treatments can often be customized based on individual characteristics, such as skin tone and the nature of the specific area being treated.
What Type of Stretch Marks Can Be Treated?
The prevalence and age of stretch marks plays a role in how patients may respond to treatment. Generally, newer stretch marks that have been visible for six months or less are easier to treat with laser skin resurfacing. However, it all depends on the unique case. Because of the varying characteristics stretch marks can have, you’ll get a better idea of what your treatment plan may look like during your initial consultation.
How is Laser Treatment Performed?
Just prior to the procedure, the area that’s going to be treated will be cleaned and properly exposed so that the laser being used can be safely applied. Skin also needs to be free of acne and similar issues that could affect how the laser works on striae.
As the procedure is performed, concentrated laser beams are directed at the affected area. The purpose of doing so is to encourage new skin tissue growth. Stretch marks won’t necessarily disappear completely, but treatment may make them less noticeable by smoothing out the skin. Oftentimes, a series of treatment sessions is required for optimal results.
While there are topical creams that claim to be able to remove stretch marks, you are more likely to see positive results with laser treatment if it’s the right treatment for your needs and goals. Reach out to Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery to set up an appointment to learn more about stretch mark removal with lasers. Our office is located in Tampa, FL. Contact us today to book your consultation!