Removal of stretch marks in Era Esthetic laser dermatology clinic is carried out by three current year lasers of the latest generation: Pulsed dye laser VBeam Perfecta, PicoWay Resolve and Laser CO2RE.
In aesthetic dermatology fractional skin renewal provides new opportunities for elimination of skin defects. Not long ago, the time traces on the face, postoperative scars and stretch marks, surfacing after giving birth or change in weight, seemed to be an insurmountable problem. Thanks to new technologies, today, doctors can effectively solve these problems with the help of laser treatment.
Stretch marks are narrow, thin skin striations or lines, usually located next to each other in parallel, that have formed because of the fracture of dermis fiber tissue. They are also known as striae gravidarum, in cases when they occur during pregnancy, also – atrophic, white streaks or simply striae.
Stretch marks commonly occur when the skin is rapidly stretching during growth, pregnancy or with sudden change in weight. Striae may also occur because of hormonal changes in adolescence, during pregnancy, with hormone replacement therapy, as well as for other reasons.
How do they occur?
The mechanical tension in rapidly expanding areas, such as the abdomen, chest and thighs, results in cracks of dermis fibers. At first they look like pink, blue or purple lines. Striae occur in the layer of the skin which helps the skin retain its shape so, in the areas of fibers cracks where stretch marks are formed, the sunken, softened skin can be felt when touched.
Stretch marks can appear in any area of the body however, they most commonly occur in various areas of localized fat tissue: abdomen, especially around the navel, breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs, hips and buttocks areas.
Factors influencing the formation of stretch marks
The occurrence of stretch marks, and most importantly, the degree of their externalization, is associated with young age of a mother, high body mass index of a mother, high fetal weight. Teenagers also undergo a significant risk of stretch marks’ occurrence.
In most cases, the occurrence of stretch marks is influenced by the hormones that inhibit synthesis of fibroblasts – the cells responsible for production of collagen and elastin which are required to maintain elasticity of rapid growth of the skin. With decrease of collagen and elastin synthesis, shortages in support materials occur, resistance of the skin is reduced and, when the skin is stretched, its fibers crack.
A wide spectrum of laser beams and its combinations guarantee effective removal of stretch marks.
PicoWay Resolve – picosecond laser impulses for the removal of the white stretch marks that appear after mechanical stretching or pregnancy.
How many procedures will be needed?
This is very variable, depending on the appearance of the stretch marks and person’s request; usually 1-3 procedures will be needed.
How does the PicoWay Resolve laser work?
The fractional PicoWay laser ensures a double wavelength of 532 and 1064 nm.
Surface damage is treated with 532 nm waves, and deeper damage with 1064 nm waves. PicoWay is the first and only aesthetic medicine laser with holographic fraction technology, ensuring precise and uniform energy throughout the entire treated area.
How will the skin look after the procedure?
After the procedure a mild or moderate degree of redness might be visible on the skin, but this will disappear after several hours. So the next day you will be able to go about your usual activities.
after the first treatment
VBeam Perfecta – pulsed dye laser for red stretch marks
The pulsed dye laser is considered to be unique due to its perfect ability to cope with everything RED effectively eliminating all the red and pink colors and their shades, while stimulating collagen synthesis – it is most effective for removal of fresh, pink stretch marks. More about VBeam Perfecta
CO2RE is a high-technology laser
The fractional laser resurfaces skin in fractions with millions of microscopic laser columns removing the old tissue while leaving adjacent healthy cells intact. It stimulates quick healing and formation of new, healthy skin cells, shaping smooth and healthy skin. More about CO2RE
It stands out from other fractional lasers, as it is the only CO2 laser with 7 treatment options, 5 of which are designed for fractional skin resurfacing, allowing to fix a wide variety of skin issues.
All stretch marks are different, they have different color, width and degree of externalization, therefore, the wide range of lasers used in our clinic for removal of stretch marks allows selection of a customized treatment for each individual case and significant reduction or elimination of stretch marks. Laser treatments are also extremely suitable when dealing with the decreased elasticity and “sagging” of the skin. Because of the powerful collagen stimulation produced by these lasers, the skin tightens, lifting effect is obtained. This laser treatment can be performed on any areas of the body, including even the most sensitive areas, such as the eyelids or breasts.
You will be advised on the choice of the laser type, their combination and the combination of treatment procedures that would allow achieve the most effective results in the course of a free consultation with the professional dermatologists who perform treatment procedures in the Era Esthetic laser dermatology clinic.