STRETCH MARK REMOVAL 2018-10-10T04:07:39+00:00

Stretch Mark Removal

Stretch marks appear as bands of parallel lines on your skin. The most common areas are on stomach, upper arms, thighs and buttocks. Although they are not dangerous, many people get frustrated to remove them.

Stretch mark removal is often a difficult process. But with the help of advanced technology, stretch marks can now be easily treated – with minimal discomfort experienced.

Stretch marks are a common problem for many women. When areas of skin stretch considerably over a short period of time, such as during pregnancy, puberty, or weight loss, noticeable lines appear on the skin surface.

Using the ICON system, the appearance of stretch marks can now be improved.

ICON uses fractional laser technology to deliver pulsed energy to the skin. This targets stretch mark discolouration and stimulates the production of new collagen to improve smoothness.

Before & After

FAQs

While the exact cause of stretchmarks is unknown, a combination of hormonal factors associated with lateral stretch due to increased size of body areas is thought to be important. Stretchmarks occur as the result of a breakdown in the structures that provide the skin with its strength and elasticity.

Stretchmarks are two and a half times more frequent in women than men and affect a high percentage of pregnant women. Stretchmarks are also commonly seen in body builders and any others who have experienced rapid weight gain. Obesity and rapid increases or decreases in body weight have been shown to be associated with the development of stretchmarks.

In some individuals normal growth itself may be a cause with stretchmarks commonly developing during adolescence and associated with a rapid increase in the size of particular body regions.

In certain people stretchmarks can be linked to higher levels of steroid hormones as a result of such things as treatment with steroid medications or illnesses such as Cushings Disease.

The commonest sites for the development of stretchmarks are the thighs, upper arms, buttocks and breasts in women and outer aspects of the thighs and lower back in men. With pregnancy abdominal stretchmarks are very common especially with large babies or twins.
Results may vary from patient to patient and may not be immediate. Importantly some patients do not get any significant improvement.

Results from the laser treatment are generally progressive and typically require multiple treatments. About 70% of patients receiving laser treatments for their stretchmarks notice an improvement. Newer and shallower stretchmarks respond better than older deeper stretchmarks.

The best results tend to be found with red stretchmarks (Striae Rubra) in lighter skinned individuals. Smokers do not tend to respond as well to stretchmark treatments as non-smokers.

Laser stretch mark treatment is appropriate for any skin type, including very light and very dark skin.
Our clinic uses Icon 1540 fractional laser from the company that invented and patented micro fractional laser technology. Pulses of fractional laser light are used to break down stretch marks, triggering new tissue production at the site and helping to improve stretch mark color. The new collagen can leave the stretch mark smoother in texture and reduce the appearance of the stretch mark on the skin.
  • Smoother, better-looking skin without surgery
  • No treatment downtime
  • Improved skin appearance
  • Comfortable treatment sessions
  • Minimal treatment side effects
The procedure is very quick – each treatment can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Most people feel minimal pain during the laser procedure. Your provider may discuss pain management options with you.
Typically, patients require between 4-6 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart to restore skin smoothness and consistency and optimum results.

There is little to no downtime and people typically resume their regular activities immediately following the treatment session.

Typically, most people experience a temporary redness and swelling of the stretch mark which may last a few days. You will be discussed other potential side effects.

Technologies Used

1540 Fractional Laser

Fractional, non-ablative laser for skin resurfacing and the treatment of surgical scars, acne scars and stretch marks – the only FDA cleared laser for this treatment.

LED Healite

Healite II is a useful addition to virtually all aesthetic treatments. It is the most popular piece of equipment in the entire surgery as it can be used pre and post all our non-surgical treatments for enhanced recovery.

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