Say Good-Bye to Stretch Marks with Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Stretch marks are a common condition that most people will experience in their lifetime. These annoying blemishes occur when the tissues under the skin grow quicker than the skin’s own tissue. The skin is unable to stretch fast enough to allow for the growth, and this ultimately results in tears of the lower dermal tissues. When stretch marks first become present on the skin, they may appear a dark purple or red in tone. Over time, they may gradually begin to fade but remain apparent on the skin as scar tissue. While stretch marks occur for various reasons, they are associated with pregnancy, bodybuilding, hormone replacement therapy, and puberty.*

Fractional Laser Resurfacing can repair the tears and scar tissue while diminishing the color of stretch marks through advanced technology that targets the lower layers of the skin. Unfortunately, technology is not available to completely erase stretch marks, but fractional laser resurfacing has had the greatest success in improving the appearance of stretch marks by 50-75%. To maximize results, it is recommended to have treatments performed every two months. Treatments may last anywhere from 3 to 5 sessions with full results appearing 3 to 4 months following the previous session.*

What Makes This Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment Different?

While skin marks are seen on the surface of the skin, they are a result of damage done below the surface. The tears created from the skin’s inability to stretch and meet the needs of underlying tissue the structure of the skin’s lower layers unable to provide strength and support for the upper layers. At Skinlastiq, we offer many ways to rebuild the structure of the skin, but we believe that fractional laser treatment is the most efficient method for correcting damage done to the lower layers of the skin.*

Other methods such as skin care products, dermal fillers, and other types of lasers target stretch marks by triggering the body to produce more collagen, a major protein responsible for your skin’s structure. While these methods have proven results, they generally must be used in conjunction with other procedures to achieve the expected results. Dermal fillers may also not be the proper solution to stretch marks due to their nature of creating volume under the skin, and as we just discussed, additional volume was the cause of the stretch marks in the first place.*

When it comes to effectively rebuilding the underlying structure of your skin, fractional laser treatment is the only technique that is sure to meet your expectations.*

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What is the Difference Between Erbium and CO2 Lasers?

At Skinlastiq, we offer both types of lasers. However, CO2 (carbon dioxide) lasers tend to be more invasive and require recovery time following each session. We understand our patients and know that they want to be able to come in for a session and get back to their normal social life as soon as possible. This is why we recommend erbium lasers.*

Erbium lasers have little to no known risk, unlike CO2 lasers which may leave the skin appearing red or raw and can put your skin at risk of infection for several weeks following the procedure. While we do offer this laser, we only do so at a patient’s request. Instead, we suggest treatments with our Palomar Icon 1540 XD/XF—an erbium laser with the most advanced technology available.*

If you are interested in finding out if a laser treatment is right for you and learning more about our minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic correction treatments, we would love for you to come into our medspa and speak with one of our highly trained staff members. They will be able to provide you with the knowledge and recommendations that best meet your goals without disrupting your lifestyle.*

How is a laser scar removal performed?

It involves various techniques and methods which greatly depend on the kind of scar and the severity. Local anesthesia is typically applied. The machine or the device will target the layer of the affected skin to reveal the new skin. *

With the use of the non-ablative fractional (1540) erbium type of laser resurfacing, the technique is most effective to remove scars. The device will be placed on the scar, and the energy is passed throughout the skin into the scar tissues. Hence, it smooths the scars and reorganizes the collagen. *

What Should I Expect After The Treatment?

You will be given a set of guidelines on what to do after your treatment. Dr. Kanen will provide it to you. You must make sure to follow them. It might include antibiotic ointment to avoid infections. A pain medication might be prescribed if you feel any discomfort and a cooling mask will be advised to ease the pain. The rejuvenation of your skin will start four days after the treatment. The result will depend again individually. *


Though the results of the procedure will not totally give you an absolute absence of the scar, it will bring a dramatic, significant appearance. It will be unnoticeable, and that is what is important. So, to make sure that you are getting the appropriate results, you must follow the guidelines and take care of your skin after the treatment. *

When Can I See The Final Outcome?

The new collagen production which is responsible for replacing the vitiated scar collagen will not start to generate until the sixth week of the procedure or treatment, and it may continue for six months to one year. The outcome will depend on the post-treatment skin care and the severity of the scar. Dr. Kanen will guide you properly. *