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.