Stretch Mark Treatment with Resurfacing Laser
Stretch marks are often red or purple in colour when they first appear, before fading to a silvery-white colour after some time. Stretch marks are often found in areas where fat is usually stored such as tummy, breasts, arms, thighs, and buttocks.
Stretch marks are particularly common in women who experience post-pregnancy body changes and people who drastically gain/lose weight. In both cases, people experience rapidly expanding skin that is stretched to its limit and fine lines appear in the skin. Sometimes, men also develop stretch marks on their back that runs along the length of the spine.
Some of the main causes of stretch marks are explained in detail below:
PREGNANCY Stretch marks often occur during the third trimester of the pregnancy because that is the time when the size of the tummy grows very quickly over a short period of time. Statistics showed that it affects about eight out of ten pregnant women. However, the severity of the stretch marks depends on the skin type and how elastic your skin is. You may also develop stretch marks on your breasts as they get bigger during the pregnancy. For most women, stretch marks may fade and disappear after childbirth. Unfortunately for some women, these stretch marks don’t disappear completely.
WEIGHT GAIN You may get stretch marks on your body if your weight fluctuates over a short period of time. If your skin is not elastic enough to support the rapid weight gain/ loss over a short period, the trauma causes the dermis to tear, allowing the deeper skin layers to show through and break the fibres in your skin, forming stretch marks.
PUBERTY The body undergoes quick development in growth spurts and your body may develop stretch marks if your skin is not able to cope with the rapid growth. Males usually get stretch marks on their back and shoulders, and females get them on their thighs, breasts and hips.
SKIN TYPE Looking at whether your parents or siblings have stretch marks probably would give you a good indication if you are likely to have. Although stretch marks can occur in men and women, they are more commonly found in women.
Laser Treatment For Stretch Mark Removal
Although laser treatment cannot completely remove stretch marks, it helps to significantly reduce its appearance and make them less noticeable.
eCO2 laser remains one of the most effective treatments for stretch mark removal in the market today. Using fractional laser resurfacing, micro beams of laser energy are used to break down the skin tissue and trigger the growth of new, healthy skin over the affected area. The wounds encourage collagen production to aid skin rejuvenation. Fractional CO2 laser treatment is effective for treating severe textural changes from sun damage, acne scars, and surgical or traumatic scars like stretch marks.
You will notice an improvement in your stretch marks after 3 sessions.
What Is The Associated Downtime?
Your skin will be mildly red and inflamed immediately after the stretch mark removal treatment. You are encouraged to stay away from direct sunlight during the recovery period. Apply generous amount of sunscreen and moisturizer and keep the treated area clean.
With proper care, you should be able to recover and resume your normal activities in 3 to 5 days.
- Effectively reduce stubborn stretch marks due to childbirth and drastic weight loss