Laser Treatment for Stretch Marks: How to Proceed?
Stretch marks or Striae appear as long, narrow lines or stripes on the skin caused by distension of the skin. They are a form of scarring with an off-color hue which occurs when the skin stretches beyond the usual limits such as during excessive weight gain and pregnancy. Not only women but also men are susceptible to stretch marks. Most commonly found in the areas such as arms, breasts, stomach, thighs, and buttocks, stretch marks are different in appearance as compared to the normal skin. In the initial stages, they may appear pink or purple in color, which then changes to shiny white or silvery with time. These marks may feel sore as well as itchy at times.
Causes of Stretch Marks
- Rapid growth spurts in teenagers going through puberty often result in stretch marks as the skin is not capable of keeping up with the growth rate of the body.
- Many women experience stretch marks during their pregnancy as the baby develops and the belly stretches to make room for the baby.
- Having a personal or family history of stretch marks can make you more prone to developing stretch marks.
- Prolonged use of corticosteroid lotions can lead to a decrease in collagen levels in the skin which may result in stretch marks.
- Due to the rapid changes in muscle mass, bodybuilders may develop stretch marks as the skin keeps on stretching and shrinking during weight gain and weight loss process.
- Certain medical conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan’s syndrome, and other adrenal gland disorders can cause stretch marks due to the increase in the amount of cortisone in the body.
Options for Laser Treatment for Stretch Marks
Due to being non-invasive with a little downtime, laser treatments are becoming more popular with every passing day. These treatments make use of the most advanced laser technology to treat a wide range of skin concerns with the highest degree of precision. Let us have a look at some of the best options for laser treatment for stretch marks.
Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment for Stretch Marks
Pulsed dye laser responds best to new stretch marks that are still pink or red. It helps improve the blood vessels responsible for supplying oxygenated blood to the affected areas. Better oxygen consumption means better enhancement of dermal tissues and improved collagen and elastin synthesis. These lasers administer short bursts or pulses of light, specifically targeting the affected areas.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing
The treatment uses laser energy micro beams to break down the skin tissue in small areas, stimulating the growth of new and healthy skin without damaging the surrounding tissues. The laser creates small wounds allowing the body to heal naturally by producing more collagen to aid the process.
What to Expect After the Procedure?
The treated area may remain pink or red for a day or up to a week. You may feel a slight burning sensation in the treated area, which should subside within 4-6 hours. Try to avoid wearing makeup till the time all the redness or swelling has dissipated. Use a good moisturizer to pacify the area and avoid going out in the sun for a few days. Also, using a sunscreen before stepping out is a must.
Why Choose Us?
At, Metamorphosis Clinic, we offer the most advanced laser technology which is a safe and effective way to treat your skin issues while restoring its texture and quality. Whether you are seeking skin rejuvenation, resurfacing, or tightening, our clinic has a plethora of treatment options for you.