Most women find stretch marks unattractive, so they are always on the lookout for ways to remove them. Stretch marks arecommon among teens during puberty, but they also occur as a result of pregnancy, weight fluctuations and hormonal changes. Traditional treatment options include creams and lotions, but laser treatment is now widely used to remove stretch marks.
Stretch marks are streaks or lines that develop below the surface of the skin. Theyoccur when the skin stretches rapidly in a short time, causing the dermal layer of the skin to tear. Stretch marks often develop on the legs, breasts, and belly, and are usually red or purple in color.
Laser Therapy for stretch marks
Laser therapy can significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks. At the Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery in Washington DC, they utilize the ICON Lux 1540 Laser for this purpose. The ICON Lux 1540 is a fractional non-ablative laser that is very helpful for stretch marks.
Treatment usually involves the use of a topical anesthetic. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the entire procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete. It will take about 4 to 5 sessions in order to achieve the desired results.
The laser delivers short pulses of high intensity laser light that penetrates the skin. The light emerges as an array of microbeams that pierce the dermal layer of the skin. Specific zones of the skin are targeted by the microbeams, leaving the surrounding tissue undamaged.
The coagulated tissue helps to initiate the healing process, and new collagen and elastin form as a result of the laser energy. The new collagen makes the skin tighter, and also smooths the skin, so that the stretch marks are not as visible as before.
Laser therapy is a relatively painless but effective way to remove stretch marks and tighten the skin.