Stretch Marks Laser Treatment
STRETCH MARKS LASER TREATMENT
Stretch marks are commonly found over the tummy area, but are also found over the thighs, arms, buttock area, hips and over the lower back. They are often formed during pregnancy especially during the third trimester of birth due to the rapid stretching of the skin. Often these marks can even look pigmented. Once they appeared pigmented, we call them striae gravidarum. Striae meaning stretch lines and gravidarum meaning they occur after pregnancy.
How does it form?
The stretch marks are formed by the rapid tearing of the dermis. This forms as the skin expands and tears and new collagen growth repairs to fill in the need for increase elasticity of the skin. Hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy or hormones consumed during body building also causes these stretch marks to appear.
Striae or stretch marks occur in the dermal layers of the skin. It has been shown that it is due to the stretching of the skin combined with a surge in cortisone levels in the body. This leads to prevention of fibroblasts from forming collagen and elastin fibers which are necessary to keep the skin looking tight and smooth. With a lack of support beneath the skin due to the lack of collagen and elastin fibers, the stretched skin leads to dermal and epidermal tearing which leads to formation of scar tissue and hence the formation of stretch marks.
It is well known that there are a whole host of creams are available to help prevent this difficult problem. A lot of our patients have been trying different types of creams from cocoa butter to olive oil. However once the stretch marks are formed, there is no good cream available to get rid or remove these stretch marks. Hence, here in The Clifford Clinic, we have perfected the laser and established a unique and effective way to remove stretch marks in a gentle and extremely effective way.
Edge Fractional CO2 for stretch marks removal
There has been no good treatment for stretch marks only until recently. We have used the Edge Fractional CO2 laser with excellent results in getting rid of these stretch marks. The laser energy uses fractionated small beams to break down the scar tissue in these targeted areas. The fractionated beams triggers the growth of new healthy tissue under these stretch marks areas. Conventional Fractional CO2 lasers will not work well due to the older technology and “fat” beams, leading to high complication rates and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation on the treated areas.
How does this work?
What happens is that the laser creates micro wounds to allow the body to remodel the scar tissue producing collagen to replace this scar tissue. As the skin repairs and renews itself, the new layer will appear healthier with unsightly stretch marks and fine lines becoming less and less visible.
You will need a consultation for the optimum number of sessions. Most patient would go through about 5 treatments done about 6 weeks apart. After each session, the skin should feel tighter with improvement in stretch marks. We expect the texture and also the colour to improve gradually with each session. Sun screen is important after each Edge Fractional CO2 laser session.
How soon can I get back to work?
In the removal of stretch marks, the fractional laser causes micro-thermal punctures into the skin. The end result is a 2-3 days of redness followed a few days with brown scabs. Depending on the areas where the stretch marks are located, usually these areas are covered up and should not cause any visible downtime.
What are the typical side effects from this procedure?
What makes the Edge fractional Co2 so special is that being the latest Co2 in the market, it has the smallest beam profile allowing for the deepest penetration of the laser yet minimizing down time and pain. More importantly it also decreases the chance of hyperpigmentation or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Traditional Fractional CO2 done over the abdomen, buttock, breast, thighs and limbs have a very high chance of causing post inflammatory hyperpigmentation as compared to the face. This is why using the Edge Fractional CO2 laser is far superior to the other fractional lasers in the market
V-beam Treatment for Stretch Marks
If the marks are purple or pink, you will need the V-beam laser to remove these pigmented stretch marks. The V-beam works differently from the Edge Fractional Co2. The V-beam is a pulse dye laser and works by breaking up pigmentation in the skin. The great thing about the V-beam laser is that there is absolutely no down time with this treatment. The treatment is also relatively quick and painless.
Remove Your Stretch Marks Today!
Removal of stretch marks with lasers has never been easier. With the Edge Fractional CO2 laser for white stretch marks and the V-beam treatment for those pink ones, treating these stretch marks has never been easier.
Give us a ring at 6532 2400 to schedule an appointment with our doctors to find out more.