Stretch marks in genetically susceptible individuals are usually the result of rapid growth or weight gain in a certain areas in the body. This could be due to rapid weight gain, pregnancy, puberty, or rapid increase in muscle mass. Stretch marks are usually red early on and take on a whitish color as they mature. Over the counter and prescription creams are not effective for treatment of stretch marks as they do not penetrate deep enough on the skin to address the pathology.
At Sloane Medical Aesthetics, the doctors may prescribe a series of vitamin based products that are used to target healing of the skin; this may help with the appearance of stretch marks in the long run. As with all topical products, it is important to be patient and have realistic expectations. While it is possible to improve the appearance of existing stretch marks, patients who desire more dramatic or quicker results may need to select more aggressive treatments options such as laser treatments.
The pulse dye laser (V-Beam laser) is an effective modality in the treatment of fresh and red stretch marks.
A new resurfacing procedure, named fractional resurfacing or Fraxel affords a new solution for the treatment of stretch marks. This laser resurfaces the skin gradually, 20-30% at a time, which allows for rapid healing while eliminating the risk of rawness associated with traditional laser resurfacing procedures. This laser procedure is extremely safe to be used on any body surface area. Fraxel is one of the few lasers FDA approved for use on the face and body.
Patients typically will need 4-5 treatments with this laser procedure for the treatment of stretch marks. Patients can expect improvement in the quality and texture of their stretch marks. However it is important to note that you cannot fully eradicate stretch marks with any currently available modalities.
If you need more information or would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation, please contact us at Sloane Medical Aesthetics. We will be pleased to assist you further.