Stretch Mark Treatment with Fractional Laser
Stretch marks are scarred tissues that occur on the skin due to loss of elasticity. Stretch marks most commonly occur in the abdomen, waist and hip area, breasts, underarms, and posterior surfaces of the lower legs. The most effective treatment for stretch marks is skin resurfacing with fractional laser.
Stretch marks on which area can be treated by fractional laser?
Timing, when the stretch marks were formed rather than the area where they are located, is much more important in the success of the treatment. The chance of treating stretch marks formed in less than 5 years is higher than earlier ones.
How does fractional laser remove stretch marks?
Fractional laser is a new and different version of the lasers called Erbium, which were used to peel and renew the skin 10-15 years ago. Its main advantage is that it repairs the skin without peeling. Fractional laser means that a laser beam is split into 250-360 thinner beams. Thus, the laser beam focusing 1-1.5 millimeters below the skin provides self-repair of the tissue. Whereas it is effective in skin rejuvenation and tightening in this way, it also provides satisfactory results in the repair of scars and stretch marks. It provides a peeled and rejuvenated effect without peeling the skin.
How long does fractional laser process take? Is anesthesia required?
The process has a preparation period of about 30 minutes. Before the process, only a local anesthetic cream is applied and the area to be treated is expected to numb. Then, laser application is started. By means of the powerful cooling feature of the system, the 20-minute process is completed painlessly. There occurs a redness that is seen only in the evening of the application day and does not remain until the next day. Treatments are planned as once a month for 4-6 sessions.
How much time after birth is required for fractional laser treatment ?
It can be started immediately after birth. However, breastfeeding is generally expected to be completed. Thus, women experience a more psychologically comfortable treatment period.
Is this method effective in strecth marks other than the ones occuring after birth?
There is no anatomical difference among after-birth stretch marks, excessive weight loss or puberty stretch marks. For this reason, this method can be applied in all types of stretch marks. Stretch marks that have not turned from pink and purple into pearlescent white give much more successful results. The important thing to consider is to start treatment at an early stage.
What precautions should be taken to prevent stretch marks after application?
They can only be prevented by increasing the elasticity of the skin. Cosmetics produced for this purpose can be used, and olive oil and petroleum jelly, which can be easily accessed by everyone, are very effective in preventing stretch marks.