Laser Stretch Mark Removal
Getting rid of stretch marks used to be a matter of not getting them in the first place. Although the application of creams and lotions is quite effective, many people are unable to plan ahead when it comes to stretch marks. Fortunately for those who already have them, there are numerous cosmetic treatments now available to safely remove these unsightly marks. Here at the Vascular Medicine Center, we can now remove stretch marks using advanced medical lasers. To find out how this procedure can help you, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shah today.
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a discoloration of the skin usually associated with weight gain. When your skin stretches, the collagen fibers that form the underlying support system are pushed to the point of breakage. This results in scarring in the dermis, which typically manifests as pink or white stretch marks. Although completely harmless, the condition is a source of embarrassment for many people, particularly women. Stretch marks most commonly affect pregnant women or those who experience large fluctuations in weight. They tend to form on the abdomen, arms, hips, and upper thighs..
How Laser Stretch Mark Removal Works
Laser stretch mark removal works by removing the scar tissue. In the past, the only option for doing so was a painful, invasive surgical option. Today, advanced fractional lasers can safely remove stretch marks with virtually no pain and very little downtime. This is because only the superficial layers of tissue are affected by the laser, leaving the surrounding healthy tissue untouched.
The fractional laser emits short pulses of ultraviolet energy which, when absorbed by the damaged cells, causes them to heat to the point of vaporization. This also causes the underlying cells to increase their turnover rate, meaning faster cellular regeneration. The result is healthy tissue that takes the place of the stretch marks, leaving you with smooth, blemish-free skin.
Laser stretch mark removal requires no anesthesia, and most patients experience only minor redness as a side effect. The results are permanent, although it may take multiple treatments to completely eradicate the appearance of the stretch marks. If future weight gain results in new stretch marks, these can also be safely removed using laser therapy.
Schedule Your Laser Stretch Mark Removal Consultation Today
If you are currently interested in the advantages that laser stretch mark removal can provide, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Shah today.