Fractional Resurfacing Treatments May Help Fade Stretch Marks

Today’s lineup of stretch mark treatments include skin tightening procedures such as Thermage, and skin rejuvenation procedures such as microdermabrasion that help to stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of stretch mark scars over time.

Once stretch marks appear, they are impossible to erase and very difficult to hide with makeup and other topical skin products. For many women, stretch marks are  almost as difficult to manage as cellulite.

Fractional resurfacing treatments including the Fraxel laser may be the best option for many women struggling with stretch marks. The Fraxel laser is designed to treat deep wrinkles, diminish age spots and reduce the appearance of scars by heating up the dermal tissues and strengthening the skin. As the skin begins to heal, it becomes stronger and more resilient, and the outer appearance looks more toned.

Fraxel, and other fractional resurfacing treatments, may be effective at fading stretch marks and erasing them permanently. Dr. Lori Brightman, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery and dermatologic surgery, recently interviewed with American Health and Beauty, and states, “stretch marks are difficult to treat. The only proven treatments include fractional lasers, like Fraxel, and fractional bipolar RF, sublative rejuvenation, as well as pulsed-dye lasers for the red or pink stretch marks.” All of these treatments help to stimulate collagen growth, tighten and tone the skin, and can help to even out the skin tone so that stretch marks are less noticeable.

While multiple laser resurfacing treatments may be necessary to achieve results, results are permanent and the skin will continue to heal for several months after the treatment. The full course of treatment can last anywhere between four to eight sessions or more, depending on how long the stretch marks have been present on the skin.

Further Reading

  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports Americans spend nearly $10 billion on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments every year. However, it’s not the elite of Hollywood that are spending big bucks to achieve their ideal figures or youthful look. Doctors say that most of plastic surgery patients are actually middle-class moms who want to take years of their appearance.

  • Many men and women with noticeable stretch marks cannot hide them easily with makeup or by tanning. However, some dermatology professionals and cosmetic surgeons are recommending a series of laser skin resurfacing procedures that can help reduce or even eliminate stretch marks.

  • NBC’s “The Today Show” recently featured several products from Solta Medical, showcasing the benefits of some of the latest skin tightening and skin rejuvenation treatments on the market. The show featured the Thermage skin tightening procedure, the Isolaz acne treatment, and the Fraxel fractional C02 laser resurfacing device, highlighting the key benefits of each device, and what patients can expect from each treatment.