Stretch marks are unsightly and can leave an individual embarrassed about showing their skin in public. They are especially common in women. There are quite a few treatments available. One of the latest, and best treatments is laser surgery. An increasing amount of clinics are now offering this treatment. Let’s look what it’s all about.
How Does it Work?
Most other stretch mark treatments (like creams) don’t get to the root of the problem – the dermis (which is the middle layer of skin). Rather they just treat the top layer. But laser surgery stimulates the production of collagen in the skin so that the stretch marks become less visible. Collagen is the main component in connective tissue so increasing its production can really help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
A Good Reduction
But it isn’t a treatment which guarantees complete removal – no treatment can, with the possible exception of a certain surgeries. Laser surgery can be used to reduce stretch marks irrespective of the time that they have been on the skin, but the best results occur when they’re still new. It’s actually quite a natural process (even though lasers sound very unnatural!) because it encourages the body to create new healthy tissue. This blends together with the area the skin that has been stretched partially filling it in.
The lasers used aren’t always the same and you’ll probably need to be treated by a different one depending on your condition. For example a pulsed dye laser is best used for marks which are red or purple in color and a fractional laser is better for treating white marks.
Find a Professional
There are many doctors who offer laser surgery as a treatment for stretch marks, but it is important to consult a qualified physician before making the decision to have the surgery done. Your skin will need to be properly examined before the treatment. The physician should also be able to tell you how many treatments you’ll need and give a rough idea of cost & potential results.
Laser surgery is considered to be effective when it comes to the removal of stretch marks in comparison to the other options available. The science & theory is there behind the process. However, it’s not a miracle treatment. You need to take into account of some of the disadvantages as well as advantages.
- Laser surgery does not break the skin (as with other types of surgery) which reduces the amount of discomfort felt when the procedure is being done. Another advantage of this is that there is no need to be hospitalized. You should be ok to go back to your day as soon as the treatment is finished.
- Nearly all kinds of stretch marks can be treated. This is regardless of their age. However some marks are easier to treat than others. If they’re hard to treat they may need more sessions before good results are observed.
- It’s a scientifically proven procedures approved by the FDA. So you know it’s going to have at least some positive impact on your skin. There are lots of treatments out there which aren’t proven to help.
- The cost of having laser surgery done is on the higher side with full treatment of an area potentially costing between $1000-2000. This price will vary on quite a few factors. It won’t be as expensive if you’re just getting a small area treated which isn’t badly affected.
- The skin color of the person having the surgery done also affects the results of the treatment. People with darker skin may not get the results they desire because of the extra melanin in their skin. In such cases, it is important to find a doctor with expertise in such skin color for better results. It should still work. Just not as well.
- Unfortunately results vary substantially from person to person. Although your doctor can give you a rough idea of how effective the treatment will be, there’s no way of knowing for sure until you actually get it. There is a chance you could be disappointed with the end results.