Fractional CO2 Laser for Stretch Marks
WHAT CAUSES STRETCH MARKS?
A fairly common occurrence, stretch marks are likely to have been experienced by most people at some point in their lives. Fine lines can start forming on the body due to skin becoming overstretched during times of rapid growth or weight gain. This happens because the production of collagen is disrupted, which leads to connective tissue not growing at a normal rate. It also leads to tearing of the epidermis, since skin is not as elastic as it should be.
Puberty is the most likely time for most people to experience stretch marks, but it may also happen during pregnancy or if stretch marks are a family trait.
HOW CAN IT BE TREATED?
With the relatively new Fractional Laser Resurfacing (Lux1540, non-ablative) technology, stretch marks are actually quite easy to treat. Micro beams of laser energy are utilised to break down skin tissue in small areas which promotes the growth of newer, healthier skin. What the laser does is to create mini wounds which the body will heal naturally, producing collagen and epithelium to help the process.
It is similar to usage of ablative laser or deep chemical peels, but Fractional Laser Resurfacing replicates the results minus the downtime or discomfort caused by the usual techniques. As your skin begins to heal naturally, the new layer appears glowing and healthy, with the previous stretch marks and fine lines now no longer visible.
The optimum number of treatment sessions depends on your skin condition and how severe the stretch marks are. Your doctor will be on hand to consult you, but most people need about 2-3 treatments spaced 3-6 months apart.
After each session, your skin should feel firmer and refreshed, which will result in quicker recovery periods after subsequent sessions. You should also use sunscreen to protect yourself against sun exposure to lower the chances of any complications. In addition, healthy skincare using selected products should also help you to maintain your youthful appearance.
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