Stretch marks from pregnancy or weight gain/loss result from the breakdown of collagen in the skin. The reversal of stretch marks is impossible, but it is possible to provide some appearance improvement by gently resurfacing the skin and stimulating new collagen formation.
Fractional resurfacing is one of the more effective systems for accomplishing this improvement. The laser's energy both selectively alters damaged skin areas and stimulates the cells under the stretch mark to cause the fibroblasts to begin to divide again.
The regenerated new skin cells and the collagen thickening changes the stretch mark tissue until it more closely resembles the surrounding normal skin. Multiple sessions are needed to show visible improvement.
Secondary treatments may consist of light based systems such as IPL when there is redness or possibly use of microdermabrasion to provide light epidermal exfoliation.
Stretch Marks – Old and New, White and Red
There are two basic varieties of stretch marks: white and red. Older, mature stretch marks are commonly white or silver-colored; newer stretch marks tend to be reddish or purple in color.
Stretch marks closely resemble scars. In fact, stretch marks are the most common type of skin lesions. The majority of pregnant women get stretch marks. They also affect adolescent females and young males.
1540 Fractional Resurfacing
Cynosures patented fractional laser technology provides non-ablative skin resurfacing with no to minimal downtime. The Palomar 1540 Fractional™ laser is one of the more recent skin resurfacing technologies. It helps smooth the skin surface and improves skin discoloration.
Fractional Laser Stretchmark Treatment *