Stretch marks – or striae as they are referred to in medical terms – are a form of spread or atrophic scarring of the skin, which is the result of skin having been stretched too far or too fast, possibly during puberty, pregnancy or weight gain. Until recently, the thinking was that there was little effective treatment available for these often unsightly lines once they were established. Striae were just considered an inevitable fact of life for most women; the damage to the deep dermal collagen and elastin were considered “irreversible.”
Fortunately, with the recent development of non-ablative fractional laser technology, we are able to selectively target and stimulate the skin’s dermal collagen and elastin to significantly improve texture and tone. Often 3 – 5 easy to tolerate laser sessions are required. There is minimal downtime associated with these treatments.