Cosmetic concerns like stretch marks can be a source of anxiety for women. Their appearance can result from puberty, pregnancy or weight gain. Though stretch marks can fade gradually over time, they will never fully disappear.
However, a fractional CO2 pixel laser can dramatically reduce the appearance of these cosmetic concerns, restoring confidence and self-esteem to women who may be unhappy with their appearance.
About Stretch Marks
Stretch marks, or striae, are the cause of skin stretching (i.e. rapid tearing of the dermis) and can vary in appearance. They are usually found on the abdomen, upper arms, buttocks, breasts and thighs. They commonly occur when women become pregnant. Stretch marks:
- Can appear as red, pink or purple indented streaks
- Vary based on duration, cause and location on the body
- Depend on skin type
- Fade to a light pink, white or grayish color
- Sometimes cover large areas of the body
Stretch marks commonly occur with pregnancy due to stretching of abdominal skin and hormonal changes. Other causes include sudden weight gain, as can happen during growth spurts with adolescents and with weightlifters. Medication, such as corticosteroid creams and pills, and some steroids can create marks. And various diseases or disorders like Cushing’s, Marfan and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes can be the cause of stretch marks.
Circumstances that increase the likelihood of stretch marks include:
- Family history
- Pregnancy, especially with younger women
- Obesity or being overweight
- Being female
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Corticosteroid medication
How does a fractional CO2 laser help?
The fractional CO2 pixel laser’s precise light wavelengths help stimulate collagen and elastin growth in the skin, helping to reduce and to minimize the appearance of stretch marks, C-section scars or any trauma-related scar.
The fractional CO2 pixel laser is efficacious on all stretch marks.
Why use laser treatments for stretch mark reduction?
Women of any age who use laser treatments to reduce the appearance of scarring and stretch marks:
- Experience no downtime
- Have minimal discomfort/pain
- Can return to daily activities immediately
- Need one treatment a month for a minimum of three months
- Return to work the same day or a day later
How effective is laser treatment with stretch mark reduction?
Women tend to see higher success rates in treating their stretch marks the newer they are. Scars and stretch marks created in the last six months respond especially well to laser treatments with a fractional CO2 pixel laser. However, Dr. Ghozland can treat all stress-related marks at any stage of appearance.
Treatments take place in Dr. Ghozland’s tranquil Santa Monica office, located four blocks from the ocean. For more information, or to set up a free initial consultation, please call Dr. Ghozland’s office at (310) 393-9359.