Laser and IPL
Stretch Marks Causes
Stretch marks can mar your appearance after pregnancy or weight loss, causing discoloration in the skin and in some cases, long recesses in the skin that produce uneven skin texture. For many individuals, stretch marks detract from their self-confidence enough to prevent them from participating in such activities as swimming in order to hide their unattractive stretch marks.
Post-Pregnancy Stretch Marks
For new moms suffering from postpartum blues after childbirth, along with the sleep deprivation and tension of raising an infant, the final blow is to look in the mirror and see unsightly stretch marks marring their breasts, belly, buttocks, hips, and/or thighs. Depending on your skin tone, these stretch marks may be quite visible, as some may appear dark purple, red, or brown in color, while others may have a silvery hue and a raised or indented texture. Fortunately, stretch marks following pregnancy may be easily treated by various means.
Post Weight Loss Stretch Marks
While losing weight may contribute to an improvement in your appearance, the downside of this process is the fact that, for many individuals, dramatic weight loss also produces stretch marks, which detract from the body’s new shape and size.
IPL and Laser Stretch Mark Removal
If you’re a man or woman looking to erase your stretch marks, you will be pleased to learn that there are several cosmetic skin treatments that use the power of light for getting stretch marks removed.
Laser Light Therapy
Laser treatments reduce the look of stretch marks by means of fractional light pulses that break down fat, cellulite, and tough scar tissue to improve the appearance of your skin.
Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing therapy helps to get rid of stretch marks, whether they are fresh and dark, such as pregnancy stretch marks, or those that have faded to white or silver over time.
Other types of lasers may also be used in stretch mark reduction treatments, depending on how severe your stretch marks are and your skin tone. Laser skin treatments also promote collagen to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.
IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Therapy
Though mistakenly referred to by many as “laser”, IPL therapy is a non-laser non-invasive treatment that uses flashes of pulsed light to improve the texture of the skin. It reduces the appearance of surface imperfections, such as sun spots, acne scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks, while also improving firmness, tone, and elasticity.
IPL treatments also encourage collagen production and may be used on people with all skin tones, as the treatment helps correct uneven pigmentation and stretch marks that have faded to white or silver against dark skin.
Less invasive than laser therapy, IPL treatments are suitable for people who want to remove surface stretch marks and improve the overall tone and texture of their skin.
Non-Surgical Stretch Mark Removal Treatments
Among our most widely used non-invasive treatments to remove stretch marks are the following:
Nanofractional Radiofrequency Resurfacing with Venus Viva™
Nanofractional RF skin resurfacing treatment Venus Viva™ uses highly focused radio frequency energy to gently lift off the skin’s outer layer, along with any imperfections that it may contain, such as stretch marks or discoloration. Laser stretch mark removal, RF Skin Resurfacing, also triggers the body to increase its natural production of collagen, which produces continual enhancements in your skin’s tone and texture for several weeks following treatment.
Sculptra® injections may be used to fill in dented areas in stretch marks and thicken the skin in the treatment site, making it less prone to striating.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
One of the most successful treatments for stretch marks is Platelet-Rich-Plasma or PRP Therapy, which uses platelet-rich-plasma drawn from the patient’s own blood, and may also be used on any area of the body to improve tone, elasticity, and firmness in the skin, filling in wrinkles and dents in the process. PRP therapy may also be used in combination with other treatment options such as microneedling to optimize results.
Another option is microneedling to remove stretch marks. Microneedling is an ideal, minimally invasive treatment for many types of stretch marks and has been found to successfully fade the appearance of many types of scar tissue on the skin, including stretch marks.
Microneedling is performed by means of derma rollers that gently break up the tough fibers that scar tissue and stretch marks are made up of.
Microneedling is also referred to as collagen induction therapy, as it encourages increased collagen production to improve the overall texture and tone of the skin. In addition to treating stretch marks, microneedling offers additional benefits such as improved elasticity and firmness, scar reduction, and effective reduction of acne by means of pore reduction.
Microneedling also reduces the appearance of sunspots, fine lines, and wrinkles and may be used on any area of the body.
Surgical Stretch Mark Removal
In cases of severe stretch marks, and when other treatments prove unsuccessful, a surgical treatment to clear your skin from stretch marks may be an option. While a skin removal surgery is more costly, it is also the most effective, and can permanently remove white stretch marks from your body, particularly in the belly and hips.
Normally, the procedure that is performed to remove stretch marks is a tummy tuck, referred to medically as an abdominoplasty. This procedure effectively removes stretch marks and other skin imperfections, while trimming away excess skin and fat from your midsection, producing a slimmer waistline and flatter tummy.
It should be noted, however, that surgical procedures may also produce scarring, although in most individuals, these hairline scars fade away over time.
Stretch Mark Removal for Men
Stretch marks are basically scars that develop on the skin when the skin is stretched beyond its normal capacity in a relatively short period of time, and men are just as prone to getting stretch marks as women. Male skin also responds favorably to the many stretch mark removal treatments that are available at Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa.
Many men develop stretch marks in areas such as the arms, inner thighs, underarms, buttocks, or chest, typically as a consequence of weight fluctuations, aging, or bodybuilding.
Male stretch mark removal treatments include such options as ablative and non-ablative laser therapy, IPL therapy, microneedling, and microdermabrasion, as all of these increase collagen production and improve the skin’s overall tone and texture. Some men may see some improvement from the use of medical-grade topical solutions containing tretinoin or hyaluronic acid.
For guys who want to protect their skin from stretch marks, proper hydration, as well as keeping the skin moisturized at all times may help to prevent the development of stretch marks during the process of working out at the gym and building increased muscle mass.
How much does stretch mark removal therapy cost in Houston TX?
The cost of stretch mark reduction treatments varies from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the condition, treatment area, and procedure. Nonsurgical procedures are naturally more affordable, with skin resurfacing treatments ranging in cost between $500 on the cheaper side and $9,000 on the more expensive one. To learn which options are best for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Olga Bachilo for a free consultation.
Is there a proven way to remove stretch marks completely?
Surgical procedures are the most effective way to eliminate stretch marks completely, but it is never guaranteed that stretch marks won’t return if the skin becomes stretched again in the future. Also, surgery may leave scars, though less visible than stretch marks.
What is the best way to remove stretch marks fast?
Laser, IPL and microneedling treatments are all fairly quick stretch mark removal treatments that can dramatically reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Dr. Bachilo may recommend combining multiple treatments to speed the process along and get rid of stretch marks more effectively, depending upon the age and severity of your stretch marks as well as your skin tone and other surface imperfections you may also want to treat.
Contact Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa today for a free consultation to learn more about which options are most suitable for you.
How best to remove purple, black, and red stretch marks?
Stretch marks are actually scars formed by injuries to the skin. When stretch marks are fresh and new, they may appear as dark red, purple, or black marks. Over time, these dark stretch marks usually fade to a silver or white color.
Laser procedures, as well as IPL and microneedling treatments are very effective at treating stretch marks during the early period, but treatment will depend on the severity and location of your stretch marks, as well as your skin tone.
What is the best way to remove old white and silver stretch marks fast?
While stretch marks are easier to treat when they are still fresh and dark, before they fade to a white or silver tone, laser and IPL therapy, as well as microneedling treatments, can still effectively diminish the appearance of your white or silver stretch marks, as well as reduce their size. Collagen production is key to treating older stretch marks, once they appear as faded silver or white streaks. In many cases, treating older stretch marks may require multiple treatments.
What works best to remove stretch marks from dark skin?
Patients with darker skin typically respond favorably to microdermabrasion or microneedling treatments, as well as IPL therapy and excimer laser treatments that produce an increase in both collagen and melanin production, evening the skin tone and producing smoother, firmer skin. These treatments are effective on both new and older stretch marks, and are also very effective on black skin.
What is the best clinic for stretch mark removal in Houston TX?
Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa is one of Houston’s most renowned and trusted cosmetic clinics, with the highly respected Dr. Olga Bachilo providing professional stretch mark removal in a modern, full-service aesthetic medical facility.
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