Stretch Marks Treatments

stretch mark removal treatmentMany people have spent money on at-home stretch mark removal treatments, only to be disappointed by the results. Stretch marks on the skin are notoriously difficult to treat, making it very hard to find a sufficient method of stretch mark removal. Fortunately there are some in-office treatments that effectively reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the skin. At Schweiger Dermatology Group, with office locations all around the New York metro area, we are pleased to offer the most cutting edge and advanced lasers for stretch mark removal. The earlier you seek treatment for your stretch marks, the better your results will be. Regardless of what stage your stretch marks are in, one of our cutting-edge laser treatments will help greatly reduce their appearance.

What are stretch marks?

Medically referred to as striae, stretch marks present as wavy red, white or silvery streaks on the skin. Stretch marks are formed in the dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin. When the skin is stretched at a rate quicker than normal, as is the case with rapid weight loss or gain or pregnancy, the dermis breaks down and forms a stretch mark.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

stretch marks laser treatmentStretch marks are notoriously difficult to treat. The most effective stretch mark removal methods are done under the care of a dermatologist. At Schweiger Dermatology Group, we offer various treatments for treating stretch marks. The gold standard treatment for stretch mark removal is an in-office laser procedure. We utilize the Fractional CO2 Laser, Fraxel Laser, pulsed dye laser and KTP laser to reduce stretch marks from the skin. Schweiger Dermatology Group has all of these lasers at our disposal. When the stretch marks are red or purple in color, the best laser to use is a pulsed dye or KTP laser, which targets damaged blood vessels without harming the skin. If your skin has white or silver stretch marks, then the fractional CO2 laser or the Fraxel Laser is the best methods. The Fraxel laser and other fractional CO2 lasers work by poking microscopic holes in the skin, which reaches the dermis. This in turn regenerates collagen growth and helps the skin to heal itself and reveal healthier skin to replace the stretch marks.

Stretch marks from pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most common times women form stretch marks. Pregnancy stretch marks are generally found on the stomach and on the breasts, as these are the areas that rapidly gain weight. When the skin expands so greatly in such a short period of time, stretch marks form. Some women swear by the powers of rubbing oil on their bellies during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks, but unfortunately that method is not proven to keep your skin scar-free. It’s impossible to predict which women will get stretch marks during pregnancy and which ones will not. However, genetics do play a role, as does the maternal age of the birth mother. New moms should wait until they are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding to receive any methods of stretch mark removal. Moms-to-be can try and gain weight at a slow and steady pace over the nine months to avoid stretch marks.

Do stretch marks go away?

Unfortunately stretch marks will never fully go away on their own. However, stretch marks can become less visible. While the actual scars can fade, their texture will always remain the same. The only way to fully remove stretch marks are with a laser is the only effective way to get rid of them. Clinical studies of fractional laser resurfacing on stretch marks have shown as much as a 75% improvement of the marks.
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