Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin which is caused by tearing of the dermis. This is often associated with rapid growth, weight gain or pregnancy. Common problem areas are the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, back, thighs, hips and buttocks. Now, fractional laser resurfacing offers a improved approach to treating this condition.
Micro fractional CO2 laser has proven to be one of the most effective procedures in the treatment of stretch marks. By creating a controled trauma like effect to the skin by the use of the tiny fractionated( broken up, dispersed) tiny laser beams, the body responds by healing and repairing the stressed out connective tissue that makes up the stretch mark
These beams effectively and safely penetrates 10 x deeper than any other previous laser treatments resulting in intense production of collagen and elastin pigmentation, this is the reason why in most cases 1-2 sessions are required – depending also on the condition of the skin.
After the procedure the skin appears mildly swollen and red – resembling that of a strong sun burn. The upper layers of the lasered area will then dry out over the next week or so and then start flaking off – exposing the fresher newer skin cells beneath.
A Test Patch( R750) is recommended before a full treatment is administered so as to gauge effectiveness and degree of fading/removal of stretch marks.
New or very old silvery stretch marks can be treated – although newer pink stretch marks are easier to treat.
Results can range from +/- 70% fading to a complete removal as results differ from individual to individual.
Consultation fee is R295 ( once off fee)