1) How does laser improve Stretch Marks?
There are many lasers that can be used to improve stretch marks. Fractional CO2 Laser and Erbium:Glass Laser produce microscopic sites of thermal impact to stimulate natural collagen and elastin production while remove damaged tissue on the skin surface. Pulsed Dye Laser such as Vbeam®can be used alone or combined with Fractional Laser to treat the red stretched marks.
2) Are there any other treatment option?
Other treatment options include Mesotherapy. These treatments aim to stimulate the collagen and epithelium synthesis and at the same time repair the damaged fibers in the skin. In severe cases, your doctors will discuss with you about the effectiveness of a Mesotherapy-Laser combination regime for the best results.
3) Is anti-strecth marks cream effective?
Anti-stretch mark creams when used alone is not as effective as when combined with laser. This is because most formula in the market has poor penetration into the skin and does not reach the later that produce collagen.
4) How many treatments do I need?
This depends on severity and the areas involved. Generally, 4 to 6 treatments are required to see the improvements. The treatments are spaced out every 4 weeks.
5) Is there any discomfort during the treatment?
There is mild to moderate discomfort during the procedure. Anesthetic cream is all that is usually required 40 mins prior to the treatment. Most of our patients tolerate the procedure very well and describe the feeling of laser as modest stinging.