Laser Removal Of Stretch Marks – Can It Be Done?
There is no non-invasive treatments available today that completely “removes” stretch marks returning the affected skin to pre-stretch mark condition .
However, with advancements in technology there are laser stretch mark removal treatments available to greatly improve the skin’s appearance and minimize stretch marks to a point where it’s difficult to notice.
It’s important to note, before attempting any cosmetic treatment, it’s always a good idea to research the procedure thoroughly and consult your physician about available treatments that suit your particular case.
Below, you’ll find information to some of the most common questions people have about laser surgery for stretch marks.
Common Laser Stretch Mark Removal Questions
What Are The Benefits Of Laser Surgery For Stretch Marks?
Physicians have found that stretch marks can contribute to low self esteem.
Laser stretch mark removal procedures help patients become more confident in their interactions with others.
Even if the stretch marks cannot be removed completely, just minimizing their appearance can improve ones self-confidence and body image.
With a healthy body image, patients who have had laser removal of stretch marks can feel confident wearing a strapless or low cut dress or even a bikini while on vacation or at the beach.
It becomes just one less thing to worry about.
How Does Laser Removal Of Stretch Marks Work?
There are a number of laser therapies available today to treat stretch marks.
The two most common types of laser therapy for stretch marks are listed below:
Ablative Laser Therapy
Ablative laser therapy works mainly on the outer layers of the skin. During the procedure, the skin is not burned as some believe.
The laser disrupts the bonds that bind the molecules in the skin’s tissue and causes the tissue to break apart and disintegrate forcing collagen production and skin rejuvenation.
For this reason, ablative laser therapy is more effective for “shallow” or less severe stretch marks. The Excimer laser is a well known example of an ablative laser.
Fractional Laser Therapy
Fractional laser therapy is the latest advancement in cosmetic laser treatments. These lasers create small vertical “injuries” penetrating into the patient’s dermis to promote new collagen growth.
The injuries occur on a microscopic level and are approximately the diameter of a hair shaft. This process stimulates the production of new collagen in the deeper layers of the dermis.
Once the new growth is promoted, the damaged area of skin undergoes a healing process, replacing old damaged tissue with new. This reduces the appearance of stretch marks and reveals newer, smoother and healthier skin.
Fraxel and Affirm lasers are some common examples of fractional laser systems.
Are Stretch Mark Removal Laser Procedures Safe?
Laser stretch mark removal treatments use cosmetic lasers that are controlled precisely by skilled technicians. Mishaps are rare with minimal potential of unwanted injury.
Thus, the procedure is considered very safe. Patients have a very high approval rating of laser surgery for stretch marks. The recovery time for laser treatments is not as long as other invasive surgical procedures like tummy tucks or liposuction.
Nevertheless, laser procedures are not without risk. A laser in the hands of an unskilled technician could possibly cause some superficial damage to the treatment area. Each dermatologist or plastic surgeon should be carefully evaluated to determine the skill level of the laser technician.
Does Laser Therapy For Stretch Marks Hurt?
Most patients find the process tolerable unless they have a low threshold for pain. On a scale of one to 10, most patients rank the procedure a two or a three.
A few may rank the procedure a four in terms of pain. In most instances, patients site the process as tolerable. Unless the patient is sensitive, they should not have any difficulty with the procedure.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Minimal downtime is required for most laser treatments of stretch marks. Commonly, people will have the procedure done one afternoon and return to work the next day.
People with darker pigmentation may be less responsive to laser therapy. If hyperpigmentation occurs, it generally fades within a couple of days. Some patients may not be responsive to laser treatments at all.
There are few side effects to the procedure, and most people find it just mildly uncomfortable. The treated area may be red and tender following the laser treatments.
How Many Laser Treatments Are Usually Involved?
Depending on the severity of the stretch marks, anywhere from 2 to 8 treatments may be needed. Success is also dependent upon an individuals skin type, age and genetics. Older stretch marks are more difficult to reduce than newer stretch marks.
Each stretch mark case should be evaluated independently by a qualified medical professional to yield optimal results.
What Does It Cost To Remove Stretch Marks By Laser?
Treatment cost can vary depending on skin type, age and severity of stretch marks which will determine the number of treatments needed.
Typically, Laser stretch mark removal treatments are around $200 per treatment. Since anywhere from two to eight treatments may be required, patients should budget for $400 to $1600.
Some patient’s procedures cost less than the entire $1600 and some cost more. Each treatment is usually paid for separately on a pay per treatment basis.
The procedure can be less expensive if the patient treats the condition while the stretch marks are still reddish or purplish. However, advances in laser therapy allow effective treatment of white stretch marks as well.
Important To Keep In Mind…
Natural prevention of stretch marks before they appear should always be your first priority.
Nevertheless, for most women and men, stretch marks are unavoidable. As mentioned previously, there is no one stretch mark treatment that is right for everybody.
Laser stretch mark removal is effective for most and the technology is constantly advancing.
If you’re interested in removing stretch marks, minimizing their appearance or even preventing them in the first place, inform yourself about all the different options.
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See the video below for an example of a clinic providing laser stretch mark removal treatments. Good luck…