Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched quickly over a period of time, most often during pregnancy or rapid weight gain. The layers of stretched skin are torn and replaced by scar tissue or collagen. When the weight is lost, the stretch marks remain. They generally appear as ugly light pink or purplish threads and normally show up on the belly, thighs, upper arms, breasts, and hips.
Stretch marks that are recent, pink, purple, red or brown in color are the easiest to treat. Older, more mature stretch marks that have turned silver or white in color can be difficult to remove, but laser surgery can still reduce their appearance.
Laser stretch mark removal consists of a concentrated beam of light that travels along the stretch marks, removing extraordinarily thin layers of skin. As the layers are removed, the scar tissue that causes the stretch marks is also removed. After treatment, the skin immediately begins to heal itself and new skin is formed over the damaged tissue.
Side effects are rare, but include bruising, scarring, blistering, swelling or changes in pigment of the treated area. These symptoms will normally disappear within a few weeks. The only pain you should experience is a pinching or needling sensation, as the light lasers do their work.
Laser stretch mark removal costs from US$ 400 - US$ 1500.
The procedure for Laser stretch mark removal takes 10 minutes to 1 hour.
2 to 6 sessions may be required.
This page has been updated on the 2017-12-18.