Stretch marks have been a concern of many for decades and now due to advanced laser technology can be removed with minimal sessions, downtime and pain. They can occur for a number of reasons, primarily being associated with pregnancy. Weight gain or loss can also be responsible for stretch marks appearing, either over time or quite suddenly. A type of scar, they occur when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The changes cause the collagen and elastin in our skin to tear, causing the previously irreversible problem. Stretch marks can also occur due to puberty or the rapid growth of an individual. It’s important to note, patients are not always able to avoid stretch marks occurring.
Stretch marks are harmless, but can affect self-confidence massively due to their unique and unsightly look. This leads many to look for non-surgical, non-invasive ways to remove or reduce their stretch marks. Although, they are often on covered areas of the body, stretch marks can lead some to cover up more at the beach, avoid intimate relations and generally feel negative towards their body. Often when they first appear, they take on a pink, red, brown, black, silver or purple appearance. These marks can affect all skin types and over time they normally fade, but not disappear.
Red stretch marks can be painful when they appear and the surrounding skin can appear red, inflamed and dry.
We see patients with stretch marks on a number areas of the body. They can appear on the stomach area, thighs, under arms, legs, buttocks, hips or back area. Whilst there are a number of products that claim to remove stretch marks, these often come with little backed research. The best way to remove stretch marks is to undergo a safe and effective laser treatment with the DEKA SmartXide Touch CO2 Laser or Candela vascular laser in Leamington Spa.
The treatment is suitable for all skin types and starts with an initial medical consultation with a laser specialist. Here we will get to know your goals, take a full medical history and also provide a patch test to ensure patient safety and effective results can in fact be provided. The procedure will take approximately 60-90 minutes and patients will normally require 3-5 sessions to see the best results. This will be discussed during your consultation and an accurate quote provided. Prior to treatment we will also apply a numbing cream to ensure you are comfortable throughout. Patient safety and comfort is at the forefront of everything we do. During your session, we may be able to treat multiple areas of the skin that are experiencing stretch marks. Again, this will be discussed at your consultation. Patients will be able to see the best results 6-8 weeks after their final session.
During treatment, depending on the colour of the stretch marks, the Deka SmartXide CO2 laser or Candela vascular laser is used. We only use the very best equipment on the market, medical grade lasers and chose Deka and Candela lasers because of their proven safety record, excellent cosmetic results and comfort as well as the numerous clinical studies proving the technology. The laser targets only the damaged skin, leaving healthy skin untouched. The SmartXide Touch is an ablative laser that works by removing the thin outer layer of the affected skin. It then heats up the underlying skin to stimulate the production of collagen. As the skin is renewed after treatment, younger looking, fresher skin is revealed. The laser works to sterilize the area, resulting in no blood and little risk of scarring or hypo/hyperpigmentation. This all makes the CO2 laser a fantastic alternative to more aggressive procedures.
Whilst the CO2 laser can be used on all skin types, those with darker skin are at more risk of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. This is where the skin appears darker or lighter as a result of a controlled injury to the skin. You will be able to discuss a special protocol with our laser specialist prior to treatment where we will outline the risks and possible side effects.