What is STRETCH MARK REMOVAL?
The elimination of striae (stretch marks) by laser resurfacing is known as laser stretch mark removal. It helps to rebuild the overlaying skin by removing the outer layer of skin. During the treatment, focused beams of light are employed to promote new development. While laser treatment won’t fully eliminate stretch marks, it can help make striae smoother, minimising their appearance. Skin resurfacing is done with two types of lasers: ablative and non-ablative lasers. Stretch marks are treated using ablative lasers (CO2, Erbium YAG) that damage the upper layer of skin. The texture and appearance of the newly created skin tissues will be smoother. The upper layer of skin is not destroyed by non-ablative lasers (Alexandrite, Fraxel). Rather, they focus on the underlying layers of the skin’s surface promote collagen growth from the inside out.
- How many sessions of treatment will I require? Scar revision takes 3–5 sessions, whereas stretch mark reduction takes 6–8 sessions.
- Are there any risks associated with laser treatment for stretch marks and scars? After treatment, there are no major side effects or consequences; however, few individuals may have redness and inflammation over the treated area, which is self-limiting and resolves overnight. To allow faster recovery and make you more comfortable, use ice compresses to the treatment sites.