Stretch marks are a common appearance concern for moms in particular, but anyone can suffer from these red or white marks on the skin. Stretch marks are essentially scars that develop due to pregnancy, weight gain or other physical changes that cause the skin to stretch rapidly, such as breast growth during puberty. These bumpy, discolored lines have been traditionally untreatable unless surgically removed. Can laser resurfacing with Fraxel® offer a nonsurgical alternative that really works?
How Fraxel® Helps
Not only does the Fraxel® Dual laser treat a number of common complexion concerns, but the FDA has also approved Fraxel® as a nonsurgical way to improve the appearance of stretch marks on any part of the body.
The versatility Fraxel® offers is attributed to its ability to work at different wavelengths:
- The 1550 wavelength targets deep layers of the skin, promoting the production of new collagen and an improvement in the appearance of wrinkles and scars, such as stretch marks. Because the collagen production continues beyond the day of treatment, you can expect to see improvement in the months following your appointment as well.
- The 1927 wavelength improves the pigmentation portion of stretch marks, lightening them and diminishing their appearance over time.
Fraxel® patients also love that laser resurfacing typically offers significant improvement to the tone, texture and quality of skin in the treatment area in addition to minimizing stretch marks.
It’s important to understand that while Fraxel® can help improve the appearance of stretch marks, complete removal isn’t a realistic expectation for every patient. You can, however, feel confident knowing that you should see a significant reduction in their appearance over time, especially with repeated treatment sessions.