STRETCH MARKS TREATMENT
Stretch marks are a form of scar in the skin that form when the skin has thinned and stretched out. Treatment for stretch marks is similar to that for other scars; The goal is to get the skin to pull itself back together and improve. Treatments that help stimulate collagen and improve stretch marks include: microneedling, fractional laser treatment, and micro laser peel. Growth factors or other serums may be used in conjunction with these treatments.
MICRONEEDLING FOR STRETCH MARKS
When our providers perform microneedling, they use very tiny needles to make microscopic channels, causing controlled injury to the skin. This stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Freshly produced collagen and elastin rejuvenate skin and improve the appearance of stretch marks.
Intense light therapies stimulate collagen, elastin, and melanin production. One of the most effective options out there is intense pulsed light therapy, which is effective at treating older stretch marks, as well as fractional photothermolysis, a resurfacing laser technique that increases in the number of collagen and elastin fibers, according to a 2009 review published in the journal of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. While pulsated dye and 1,450 nm diode lasers are also effective, you should know that they can actually spur skin pigment changes in patients with dark complexions.