You enjoy looking back at significant life events through photos and memorabilia. But no one wants a reminder about life changes through unsightly stretch marks.
Unfortunately, many people carry these signs of changes, such as rapid weight gain, breast development, pregnancy, and even packing on muscles. These marks can spoil the appearance of your skin, and in years past, there was little you could do to eradicate them.
But now, advances in laser technology offer a solution. At HK Dermatology in San Juan Capistrano, California, Jeffrey Klein, MD, and our team of providers use this innovative therapy to eliminate stretch marks.
Keep reading to learn how stretch marks develop and how laser therapy makes them disappear.
Although we call them stretch marks, these skin blemishes are actually a type of scar that develops when your skin stretches rapidly. Many women develop stretch marks during pregnancy, but anyone can get stretch marks whenever their skin stretches in a short period, like rapid weight gain or bulking up with muscles.
When your body increases in size quickly, the middle layers of your skin tear so it can stretch over the larger area. That means you can develop stretch marks in many places, including your:
Not all stretch marks look the same. Their appearance varies based on pigmentation, skin tone, and how long the stretch marks have been there. They might look pink, purple, or maroon when they first show up, but gradually, they often fade to white or silvery blue color.
At HK Dermatology, our team uses non-surgical laser therapy to treat stretch marks. Fractional laser treatments repair your skin, minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and other skin blemishes while rejuvenating the top layers, leaving you with firmer and tighter skin.
It works using heat energy emitted in pulses of concentrated light. During fractional laser therapy, the light is “fractured” into many smaller beams of energy to only treat the targeted areas of the skin.
The light energy causes the top layer of your skin to turnover while stimulating the deeper layers where essential proteins, like collagen and elastin, are produced. As new skin forms, the fibers are tighter and denser.
In other words, not only will your stretch marks fade, but you’ll have tauter and healthier skin in its place. And because our practice uses the best-in-class laser systems, you’ll have fantastic results after only a few* 15-30-minute treatment sessions.
Stop living with unsightly stretch marks and get clearer skin by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone at HK Dermatology in San Juan Capistrano, California.
*Individual treatment plans vary based on the severity of your stretch marks and other factors, like skin condition and age.