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Does Laser Treatment Work for Stretch Marks?

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ANSWER:

Laser Treatment DOES work for stretch marks.

More Info: A variety of laser techniques are now used to treat all kinds of stretch marks. The energy released by the laser stimulates collagen production, and the fibroblasts contained in the skin start to divide once more.

When people grow more quickly than their skin can handle, small tears in the skin develop leaving permanent scars called stretch marks. When they are angry-looking and red, a laser can be used to remove the redness. More than one treatment may be required, but the stretch marks will be far less noticeable when they are transformed into a silvery white. Those who have this problem are also urged to protect themselves from the sun, which may cause their stretch marks to turn a darker red, by using a skin product that contains zinc oxide.

Where Stretch Marks Originate

These tears, which tend to be linear, may be quite short, but when they are caused by pregnancy, they may cover many inches. They may also be due to hormones, an adolescent growth spurt, weight gain, bodybuilding, using steroids, or some unknown cause. The number of treatments you will require will be based on your skin color and type, and the number and severity of the stretch marks.

It is possible for both men and women to get stretch marks on their abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs, lower back, upper arms, and other areas of their bodies. They affect 90% of women during pregnancy, 40% of adolescent males, and 70% of adolescent females. (Young people often develop stretch marks from growth spurts, weightlifting, and the use of dangerous steroids.)

Using Laser Treatment

A variety of laser techniques are now used to treat all kinds of stretch marks. The energy released by the laser stimulates collagen production, and the fibroblasts contained in the skin start to divide once more. The process thickens the skin under the stretch mark, and it begins to resemble the normal skin that surrounds it. In addition, studies indicate that improvement continues for approximately 3 to 6 months although initial improvement is not always evident in every case. The patients who benefit most from laser treatment for this condition are those with light pigmentation and a fair complexion whose stretch marks are shallow rather than deep.

 

Resources

“Berkeley Parents Network: Stretch Marks in Teens .” Berkeley Parents Network: . N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Aug. 2010.

“La Jolla Stretch Mark Treatment | Fraxel Treatments for Stretch Marks | La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic.” La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic | Dr. Nasrin Mani, Medical Director. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Aug. 2010. http://www.lajollalaser.com/stretch-mark-laser.html.

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