Collagen Injection Treatments Questions and Answers Archive
Hi, I'm a 17 year old single mother of a 6 month old son. During my pregnancy I developed horrible strech marks that completely cover my stomach and go in circles around my belly button. I was wondering what type of surgery would best get rid of my battle scars and an approximate price. I would love to show off my stomach in a bikini again!- Julie
Dear Julie, If you have a lot of excess skin in addition to the stretch marks and plan on having no further children, a tummy tuck is still the best option. Despite the long, low scar, it is the best means of removing the stretch marks if a tummy tuck is needed for other reasons. If your skin is not loose and the muscle are still tight, successful treatment options are limited. Many have tried laser and microdermabrasion treatments with very limited success. New non-resurfacing lasers which stimulate collagen production may be useful but they have not yet been extensively tested.
-- Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
I would like information about strech marks removal is there any way they can be invisible.- myrna
Dear Myrna, No there is not. There is a new laser which holds some promise in that it rejuvenates collagen without removing the top layer of skin. This laser assisted skin rejuvenation may be a help with stretch marks. All lasers to date have been uniformly disappointing in such treatment.
--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon