For so many women, stretch marks are an unavoidable and unpleasant side effect of pregnancy. They can also affect bodybuilders, as well as anyone else who has gained or lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. Some people are even unlucky enough to acquire them during the growth spurts of puberty. Although maintaining a stable weight and taking good care of one’s skin are certainly steps in the right direction, the unfortunate truth is that heredity and hormonal changes play a considerable role in the formation of stretch marks.
Frequently Asked Questions
During laser stretch mark treatment some patients experience a slight “twanging” sensation, similar to a small rubber band being flicked against the skin. Apart from this, the treatment is painless.
Laser treatments generally last for 30 minutes per session depending on the area being treated. A visible improvement is usually being noticeable after each 30 minute treatment
Generally 6 laser treatments are required to effectively reduce stretch marks to an acceptable appearance. The full effect of laser stretch mark treatment, will continue to appear over time as an improvement in skin texture caused by the laser stimulating the generation of new collagen deep in the dermis
The majority of the stretch marks show significant improvement after just 2 treatments, but final results may not be apparent for a few months. Ongoing clinical studies have shown that patients treated achieved an average improvement of between 51% and 75% in the appearance of their stretch marks.
The treatment is non-invasive with virtually no recovery time necessary; you can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment although it is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after laser vein treatment.
Some redness or skin lightening may appear, but this generally disappears within a few hours.
Yes. Not just women, but men can also develop stretch marks, especially is they are overweight, have lost weight after being overweight, or if they work out a lot and build muscle mass that stretches the skin and produces a tear in the dermis.