Laser Stretch Mark Treatment – Bella Rosa Rejuvenation Clinic
Unsightly stretch marks, also known as striae, can be a confidence robber. While the exact cause of stretch marks is unknown, it is thought they are the result of the skin’s collagen and elastin breaking down under stress. Pregnancy, bodybuilding and weight loss are the leading causes of stretch marks. Stretch marks occur most frequently in areas of mechanical stress such as the breasts, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Laser stretch mark treatment stimulates the production of collagen and improves or eliminates the appearance of stretch marks. The increased collagen production thickens the skin under the stretch marks until it closely resembles the surrounding normal skin. Additional studies show that the appearance of stretch marks continues to improve over a period of time ranging from 3 to 6 months after the laser treatment was given. Even those treatments that showed little if any initial improvement showed as much as a 50% improvement at their 6 month checkup.
What to Expect with Laser Stretch Mark Treatment
You can expect to feel a slight tingling when the laser pulses, and/or a sensation similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin. Most patients do not require anesthetic. Mild swelling may also occur during the first 24-48 hours.
Results vary from patient to patient and may take a few weeks to be noticeable. Most patients require multiple treatments. Approximately two thirds of patients receiving laser treatments for their stretch marks notice a marked improvement. To enhance the results of your laser stretch mark treatment, you may be directed to use a tretinoin cream or a glycolic acid cream both before and after your laser treatments.
For more information about laser stretch mark treatment or to schedule a consultation, please call Bella Rosa today at 713-383-ROSA (7672) or email us via our contact page.