What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a result of the skin stretching, common in pregnant women or after weight gain. The streaks it causes on the skin are not painful or harmful, however, they can be bothersome in appearance. Stretch marks can be difficult to remove completely, but with the right treatment, their appearance can be greatly reduced.
Stretch Marks Treatments
Stretch marks can be treated using a combination of treatments such as:
Phototherapy: UV Phototherapy can improve the hyperpigmentation that comes with stretch marks. The noninvasive treatment heats the skin, restoring broken blood vessels that are causing darkened streaks of skin.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: laser skin resurfacing uses an ablative laser to smooth the surface of the skin and stimulate new collagen growth, resulting in new, stronger tissue. As new tissue is regenerated, stretch marks are filled in for a smoother look and feel.
Recovery and Results
There is little to no recovery necessary after stretch mark treatment. Patients might experience some itching and stinging in the treated area from laser skin resurfacing. The area might also become dry and peel to reveal new skin underneath. As new collagen begins to develop, you can enjoy smoother skin and a more even pigmentation. Three to six treatment sessions are typically recommended for optimal results.
For more information on stretch mark treatment, contact Skin Care of Arizona today. We can provide you with more information or schedule your consultation to develop a unique treatment plan for your concerns.