Millions of people, male and female, have stretch marks. It’s safe to say, however, that no one wants them. Stretch marks, or striae as they are known by their proper medical term, are a form of scar caused by the skin stretching beyond the normal limits of its natural flexibility. They occur as a result of abrupt changes in the skin.
Stretch marks are most commonly associated with pregnancy aftermath, but can really form anytime the skin adjusts to accommodate any person’s weight gains and losses, from puberty to muscle formation and reduction. Understanding the cause and nature of stretch marks, let alone the normality of them, does not change the embarrassment people feel about these repugnant skin transformations.
Despite advertisements to the contrary, topical treatments in the form of creams and ointments simply do not work. Topical therapies do not address the fact that stretch marks involve scarring through multiple levels of the skin.
The one treatment that is FDA-approved to treat stretch marks is fractional resurfacing lasers such as Fraxel. Fraxel works through each skin layer to change the superficial discoloration appearance of the scars, and stimulate the collagen layers to tighten and heal them.
Here at Maine Laser Skin Care, I have performed numerous Fraxel treatments on stretch marks with excellent and very satisfying aesthetic results. Stretch marks on any part of the body, from abdomens and thighs to upper arms and shoulders, are treated by Fraxel with minimal downtime.
Color and texture of the skin in the striae areas are also improved. By delivering an array of highly precise microbeams of laser to create deep but narrow columns of coagulation into the epidermis and dermis, the Fraxel combats all of the scarring elements that make stretch marks look unsightly.
If you or someone you know and love have embarrassing stretch marks, call us at (207) 873-2158 to make an appointment for a free consultation. We can discuss all aspects of treatment and outcomes and deal with this stubborn problem for good.