If you’re considering undergoing stretch mark removal with lasers, you probably have a lot of questions. What kind of laser is best for stretch marks? How many treatments will I need? How much does it cost? Is it painful? Will it scar?
At Visage Laser and Skin Care, we use the latest and most effective laser technology to treat our patients’ stretch marks. Here’s everything you need to know about laser stretch mark removal so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not this treatment is right for you.
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are markings that occur on the skin when it is stretched beyond its capacity. This can happen during puberty (due to growth spurts), during pregnancy (due to the skin stretching to accommodate a growing belly), or even from rapid weight gain or loss. When the skin stretches too far, too fast, the extracellular matrix—which is responsible for skin cell regeneration—is damaged. This damage manifests as stretch marks.
Stretch marks are most commonly found on the abdominal area, breasts, hips, buttocks, and thighs. They can also appear on the arms, but this is much less common. Stretch marks are usually red or purple when they first appear, but over time they will fade to a white or silver color.
How Do Lasers Remove Stretch Marks?
At Visage Laser and Skin Care, we use lasers for stretch mark removal. Lasers work by delivering tiny beams of light energy into the skin. This light energy penetrates deep into the dermis—the middle layer of skin where collagen and elastin are produced—to stimulate new collagen growth. As new collagen grows, it helps to repair damage such as stretch marks and scars.
Lasers also work by resurfacing the top layer of skin—the epidermis—to promote the growth of healthy new skin cells. The result is smoother, brighter skin with reduced imperfections such as stretch marks.
Typically, patients will need 3-5 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart in order to see optimal results.
Is Laser Stretch Mark Removal Right for Me?
The best candidates for laser stretch mark removal are those who have recently developed stretch marks that are still red or purple in color—these markings will respond best to treatment. However, older silver or white stretch marks can also be treated, though results may not be as dramatic. If you want to improve the appearance of your stretch marks but don’t want to undergo surgery such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift, laser stretch mark removal may be right for you!
If you’re considering undergoing laser stretch mark removal, booking a consultation with a certified professional is the best next step. At your consultation, your practitioner will assess your individual case and develop a treatment plan that is tailored specifically for you and your unique needs. Contact us today to book your consultation!