Stretch marks are annoying and can be difficult to treat. There are many factors to consider when trying to treat stretch marks. How much loose skin is there? Is your body a collagen and elastin producing machine? If you have too much skin, a doctor has a pretty easy call–you probably need surgery. However, a doctor cannot always predict how much your skin will tighten because every person produces collagen and elastin at different rates.
Laser FOR STRETCH MARK REMOVAL
The Affirm laser is FDA approved to both tighten skin and improve stretch marks. In the best case scenarios, we see tighter skin with improved tone, smoother skin texture, and flatter and softer stretch marks with increased tightness. Ultimately, the body has to do its job. It has to be willing to produce collagen after being treated. It can sometimes be difficult to predict who will get great results. We have seen 60 year olds with results to make any client jealous and younger clients that haven’t had the results we might expect.
How do lasers for stretch marks work?
Fractional lasers use a technology that creates injury to the skin by sending laser beams down into the skin (imagine aerating your lawn). The laser damages these narrow channels of tissue, leaving healthy skin surrounding these damaged narrow channels. This healthy skin helps the damaged tissue heal quicker. The thermal damage speeds up collagen and elastin production in the skin.
Does Treatment Hurt?
There is some discomfort with the treatment if an anesthetic is not used. Simply applying an anesthetic cream on the skin about 45 min before treatment minimizes discomfort and patients are able to tolerate the treatment very well.
How long does the treatment take?
The actual treatment can take just a few minutes to treat individual stretch marks or 30-45 minutes to treat legs or abdomen that are covered with stretch marks.
How long does it take to recover?
Generally, most clients can walk out the door, put on makeup and be ready to go out that evening. But it is always a good idea to give yourself one day to recover, as there can be some redness and swelling for several days.
How many treatments do I need?
Generally you need a series of treatments. We usually recommend a minimum of four. The results will not be immediate. It takes time for collagen to be regenerated. Patience is necessary with this treatment.
What is the cost of a stretch mark treatment?
Prices vary depending on the area treated and the number of treatments given. One treatment can run as low as $50 for a small area to several hundred dollars for a package of treatments.
What can I do to prevent stretch marks?
Weight gain is one of the greatest factors that affect stretch mark formation. Keeping weight stable during pregnancy and during one’s life is important. Topical creams like alpha-hydroxy acids or Retin-A medicines may help, but often heredity is a factor. If your mom got stretch marks, you are more likely to get them as well. So don’t beat yourself up if you spread on the cream faithfully and still get stretch marks.
Always schedule a consultation with an experienced physician to discuss your specific case and learn more about available treatment options.