For so many women, stretch marks are an unavoidable and unpleasant side effect of pregnancy. They can also affect bodybuilders, as well as anyone else who has gained or lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. Some people are even unlucky enough to acquire them during the growth spurts of puberty. They pose absolutely no health risk and don’t compromise your body’s ability to function healthily; they are purely a cosmetic issue and need to be treated accordingly.
stretch marks represent a permanent change in the dermis (the deeper layer of skin beneath the surface layer known as the epidermis), there is no amount of resurfacing that can erase them. Cosmetic lasers are a new method for removal of stretch marks. Lasers are used to stimulate new collagen growth. We use Pixel Er-Yag (2940) laser to treat stretch marks. The laser energy is absorbed in the dermal layer of the skin stimulating the production of new collagen. The new collagen thickens and plumps the skin. In addition it causes skin tightening.
Where there is excessive skin laxity simultaneously additionally AFT ST (third generation IPL) is used for skin tightening. This makes remaining stretch marks less noticeable. Occasionally for very wide scars Er-Yag 2940 laser is used to create raw areas which are allowed to heal by secondary intention resulting in narrowing of the stretch marks. Usual level of satisfaction is with 50% to 90% remission. Average 4 to 8 sittings are required for satisfactory result.
Stretch marks form when the skin is stretched too tightly. The skin consists of layers and if the top layer loses its elasticity or is rapidly stretched, it can break and the under layers appear through the skin.
Laser Stretch Mark removal is able to reduce the appearance of the stretch marks so that they are not as noticeable on the skin. It works by passing pulsed light over the area, which will create tiny holes in the skin. This will stimulate the skin to produce collagen and hence new skin so that the stretch marks reduce over time. The laser can also remove the redness of the stretch marks, which is caused by broken blood vessels on the surface of the skin. The laser acts upon these and closes them up so that the redness will disappear.
It is a very effective method of stretch mark removal and there is little pain associated with the procedure. Over three quarters of patients are satisfied with the results and there are little risk factors involved. You will need between 4-6 treatments but the results are recognisable after the first couple of rounds.