Laser treatment can improve the look of stretch-marks, however caused, reducing the appearance of both red and white stretch marks; improving the skin texture, making them less noticeable and in often maing them disappear altogether.
Caused by tearing of the dermis, stretchmarks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth and hormonal changes associated puberty, pregnancy or muscle building.
75% – 90% of women develop stretch marks to some degree during pregnancy. Teenage mothers-to-be are at highest risk of developing stretchmarks.
Stretch marks first appear as reddish brown / purple lines that gradually fade to a lighter shade. They can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. Common areas are the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, inner & outer thighs, hips & buttocks.
Stretchmarks may fade over time, but without outside intervention, generally do not disappear completely.
Various treatments are available to improve the appearance of existing stretch marks, including laser treatments, dermabrasion, prescription retinoids and surgery (tummy tuck).
Laser treatment can help improve the look of red, brown and white stretch marks, and whilst some stretch marks may not disappear entirely, their appearance is significantly improved, along with an improvement in skin texture, making them look much less noticeable.
Laser light is highly effective on red stretch marks, reducing redness by diminishing the inflammation that causes it in the first place. Lasers also encourage collagen growth and some elastin remodeling which improves the look of the skin between 40 – 60%. Laser light also improves white stretch marks. If skin texture is a problem, best results will be seen with a monthly treatment program, with 30-50% possible improvement in the appearance of white stretch marks.