What is it?
One of the most common and troubling forms of scarring is stretch marks. Stretch marks affect individuals of all ages and genders and commonly occur due to puberty, weight loss or pregnancy. Any time where the skin is stretching or deflating, the middle layer of skin (dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through. These scars can appear almost anywhere but are most common on the hips, abdomen and breasts. Stretch marks are often red or purple to start with, before gradually fading to a silvery-white color.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
At Revita Skin Clinic, we offer stretch mark treatments for individuals of all skin types. These include: laser resurfacing and platelet treatment. It is important to understand that stretch marks are not an easy skin condition to treat, stretch marks can be very resilient and treatment resistant.
Laser resurfacing is a gentle, non-ablative (non-wounding) laser that works by transmitting a certain laser wavelength which is absorbed by water molecules in your skin. That energy is converted into heat, which gently breaks down the damaged tissue, and causes the skin to heal itself by producing collagen and new, even, smooth skin.
Treatment sessions may take up to an hour. The time required will depend on your skin type, the size and depth of your stretch marks, and the number of areas to be treated. Laser stretch mark removal is customized to each patient based on those factors. Some conditions may require multiple sessions to achieve final results. However, you may see some improvement after just one session.
Potential side effects of laser stretch mark removal include, but aren't limited to, redness and swelling. Little to no downtime is required, and you should be able to resume your normal daily activities immediately after each session.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL YOU NEED?
Collagen remodelling takes time, so results will appear gradually with the full benefit evident three months after the last treatment is completed. We highly encourage you to come in for a complimentary consultation.