Laser Scar Removal: Stretch Mark Edition

Stretch marks are the bane of many, and occur due to weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy, and growth spurts. Some 90 percent of pregnant women get stretch marks, while about 70 percent of teen girls notice them on their bodies. These unsightly marks may be white or red, and generally appear on the thighs, breasts, stomach, hips, back, and upper arms. Once skin is stretched, it remains so, however laser scar removal in Los Angeles treatment can reduce their appearance significantly.

Developmental Stage

Laser treatment for stretch marks depends on the marks’ “stage.” For example, if the marks are new, i.e. red or purple, laser treatment features a vascular laser. If the marks are old, i.e. white, collagen-stimulating lasers are required.

How Effective Are Laser Treatments?

Unfortunately, stretch marks never fully go away. However, “encouraging collagen remodeling” does help significantly.

How Painful is the Procedure?

Laser treatments are rarely painful. The patient may feel a slight “snap,” as though a rubber band has hit the skin, however this sensation varies with the individual. Anesthetic cream is generally applied before treatment.

What About Side Effects?

Side effects from any laser treatment are mild, if they occur at all. Some patients experience slight skin redness depending on what they’re getting done. For stretch marks, mild bruising and bleeding may occur, however such issues disappear within two or three weeks of having the procedure.

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

This again varies by patient, however most treatments take 20 to 25 minutes.

One of the Best Options

Laser treatment for stretch marks is one of the best treatment options if not the best option. It works much better than creams that promise to make stretch marks disappear, as well as most other home remedies.

If considering laser treatment for stretch marks, talk to the West Hollywood skin specialists at The Kopelson Clinic today. Dr. Kopelson and staff are expert in laser procedures and can easily help you obtain the look you want.

For more on laser treatments or to learn about other procedures available through your favorite West Hollywood skin specialists, please contact The Kopelson Clinic today.