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This page is focused on nonsurgical stretch mark treatments using lasers. For stretch mark removal using tummy tucks (where the lower abdominal stretched out skin is actually cut out during the procedure), please click here.

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are formed from repeated expansion and overstretching or tearing of the skin. They are most commonly seen after rapid weight gain or weight loss, pregnancy, and during teenage years and range from red to purple in the early stages to white in the late stages.

What lasers are available to help?

  • Fractional CO2 lasers—By treating a small fraction of the skin at one time, this laser uses scattered pulses in a grid-like pattern to help produce new collagen and epithelium
  • Vascular targeting IPL Photofacial or Laser treatment—This laser targets the blood vessels of the stretch marks as well as the collagen and elastin of the skin
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Will the stretch marks disappear?

The goal of the treatment is to make your stretch marks less noticeable with decreased redness and a more blended smooth appereance with surrouding skin.

Does it Hurt? Is there a downtime?

Each individual has a different threshold for pain, but most patients find it tolerable. After laser treatment there will be some redness or swelling for a few days.

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