Laser Treatment for Stretch Marks
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Do you have stretch marks that do not seem to fade with stretch mark creams or lotions? Then you may want to consider laser therapy. Today, laser treatment for stretch marks is preferred as the process is non-invasive and promotes the collagen production that reduces their appearance.
Unsightly striae or stretch marks have presented a problem for women and men for hundreds of years. Usually, people who have stretch marks find them unacceptable and unsightly. The scars form as part of the healing process of the skin when more than one layer of skin is injured. The injury may happen to be the result of an accident, a burn, surgery or sometimes severe acne.
Reasons for Stretch Marks
While the precise reason or the stretch marks is not known, it is thought that the red or purplish striae result from the elastin and collagen breaking down under stress. Bodybuilding, weight loss and pregnancy are the usual reasons that stretch marks form in the first place.
Stretch marks usually occur most often in the areas of mechanical stress, such as the thighs, abdomen, breast, buttocks or groin. In the beginning, the marks are red but start to fade and turn whitish as part of the process of healing.
How Lasers Improve the Looks of Marks
Happily, today, several laser techniques are provided to treat various kinds of scars and marks. Basically, the energy of a laser stimulates the skin beneath the stretch mark or scar and causes the fibroblasts in the skin to separate again. The rays also stimulate the manufacture of collagen. This type of production thickens the skin beneath the stretch mark until it starts to resemble the surrounding skin.
Therefore, the current laser technology is shown to eliminate or lessen the appearance of raised or red scars. Recent research shows laser therapy will stimulate the production of collagen, needed to improve or eliminate the appearance of the marks.
The Marks Keep Fading As Time Goes On
Additional studies also indicate that the appearance of striae continues to improve over a period, of time that ranges from three to six months after laser therapy is given. Even treatments that show little improvement initially display as much as a 50% improvement after a period of six months during a follow-up checkup.
Good Laser Candidates
Patients who respond the best for laser stretch mark removal are those who have a fair complexion or light pigmentation. The stretch marks are generally shallow. If you have a history of any pigmentation disorder or have dark pigmentation, you may need to undergo a skin test initially before receiving treatment.
Laser Therapy Typically Does not Hurt
Stretch mark treatment does necessitate the use of an anesthetic. While some patients note a slight tingling when a laser pulses, the pulse does not feel any more than like a rubber band snapped against the skin.
Results of Therapy – What to Expect
Results of after-treatment therapy vary from one patient to the next and therefore may not prove to be immediate. However, as indicated, the treatment is generally progressive. As a result, more than one treatment may be necessary in order to see improvement – usually around three sessions.
About 70% of laser therapy patients notice an improvement with shallower or newer marks responding better than deeper and older scars. To enhance the therapy, the physician may suggest the use of a glycolic acid cream or tretinoin cream prior to and/or after the laser therapy.
You can also prepare DIY Homemade Stretch Mark Cream
Note: Always consult your doctor prior to trying any new creams (even natural ones) while pregnant.
- Shea butter – This is a skin “superfood” that deep moisturizes, heals, and helps with skin regeneration.
- Cocoa butter – It’s a high quality emolient, very moisturizing for skin.
- Coconut oil – It supports tissue healing and repairs and softens skin.
- Vitamin E oil – It promotes healing.
- Lavender essential oil – It’s believed to have anti-inflammatory properties (plus it is relaxing and smells good).
While this makes a good amount of a salve or cream (it’s sort of a mix between the two), you could double the above recipe to have even more on hand.