Stretch marks are fine lines on the body that occur from tissue under your skin tearing from rapid growth or over-stretching. It is a common condition that does not cause any significant medical problems but can be of cosmetic concern for some people. Other names for stretch marks are striae distensae, striae atrophicans, striae rubra (which are red) and striae alba (white).
- Stretch marks occur in certain areas of the body where skin is subjected to continuous and progressive stretching.
- Abdomen and breast in pregnant women
- Adolescents undergoing growth spurts (thighs, buttocks, breasts)
- Shoulders in body-builders
- Obese or overweight people
Stretch marks can also occur from prolonged use of oral or topical corticosteroids. They are also a feature of the disease Cushing’s syndrome, where increased adrenal cortical activity i.e. excessive circulating cortisol is implicated in their development.
How are Stretch Marks Treated?
Cosmetic lasers are a new method for removal of stretch marks. Unlike traditional treatments like stretch mark creams and gels, lasers are used to stimulate new collagen growth and fill the stretch mark from the bottom up. The laser energy is absorbed in the dermal layer of the skin stimulating the production of new collagen. As the new collagen thickens and plumps the skin, it fills in the stretch mark from below.
BroadBand Light, or BBL™, is a light-based therapy that is able to be completely customized to patient specifications for increased safety and efficacy. The energy gently heats the outer layers of your skin, stimulating the production of new collagen to strengthen and restructure treated areas. Stretch marks are reduced during the collagen building process, and multiple sessions may be necessary for optimal results.
Developed by Sciton®, a trusted name is laser technology, the ProFractional™ laser treats a fraction of the skin at a time, leaving surrounding areas intact and creating microchannels in the skin. These microchannels elicit the skin’s natural healing response, increasing the production of collagen to remodel treated areas. The undamaged surrounding skin also helps accelerate the healing process for dynamic results with minimal downtime.
What conditions can be treated with the ProFractional Laser?
- Acne Scars
- Actinic Keratoses
- Hypertrophic Scars
- Surgical Scars
- Stretch Marks
Immediately following the ProFractional resurfacing procedure you will experience mild to moderate redness and the sensation of a sunburn with mild pinpoint bleeding. Laser Health Works Skin Care professional will give you detailed instructions on your care during healing.
Expected results from your ProFractional laser resurfacing treatment
As your skin heals in the days following your treatment, you will notice a general tightening effect. However, the deferred and cumulative affect of the ProFractional resurfacing treatment is the collagen regeneration that steadily develops over the 4 to 6 months following your treatment.