Stretch marks are pale brown or reddish lines that appear on the skin after severe abnormal weights, pregnancy, or corticosteroid use. Their appearance is a result of a strong stretch of the middle layers of the skin, where the collagen and elastin fibers are broken. They may appear on different parts of the body and with time fade to silvery lines.
There are many types of cosmetics and procedures to reduce their visibility, but there are very few ones that reduce depth, width and change their color.
One of the most successful stretch mark removal procedures is the fractionated Er: Yag laser peeling.
The result after 4 or 6 procedures is narrowing the stretch marks and even the color of the skin to the point of being invisible to naked eye.
Specially trained and certified doctors guarantee the procedure’s success and patient safety.
Aestheline Dermatology clinic works with a high-quality device of the leading laser manufacturer in the field of dermatology and aesthetics Fotona®.
What does the procedure involve?
Initially, an analgesic cream is applied to the areas to be treated. It is necessary to wait for its effect 20-30 minutes. The procedure passes through 2 steps. There is intense warming to moderate burning, which is minimized by a stream of cold air. At the end of therapy, a soothing, epithelial cream is applied.
During the procedure, the patient wear protective glasses.
The duration of therapy varies depending on the size and number of stretch marks.
What are the contraindications?
It is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with light sensitivity and epilepsy. It is contraindicated for abnormal scar formation and keloids or hyperpigmentation. Immediately after treatment, redness and swelling occur within 2 days. Within a week after the procedure, there may be skin blistering, crusting, and flushing. Full recovery of the skin is observed after 10 to 14 days.
When does the treatment take effect and how long does it last?
It is important to know that stretch mark treatment is a time-consuming process. 4 to 6 procedures are required to achieve optimal results. Very often after the first procedure there is minimal effect, followed by a significant improvement 3 to 6 months later. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the size and type of the stretch marks. Newer and narrower stretch marks are easier to delete than old and deep.
What is the recommended post-procedure care?
It is recommended in the first 24 hours after the procedure not to wash the treated areas. After treatment, sun exposure should be avoided and sunscreen products should be used for at least 1 month. The doctor will prescribe epithelial cream who will be applied until the skin is completely restored. Strict adherence to doctor’s instructions prevents possible complications.
How many procedures should I undergo and how often?
The number of procedures to achieve the optimal effect is individual and depends on the severity and duration of the stretch marks. It usually takes between 4 or 6 sessions to achieve the desired result. Procedures are done every 4 weeks. No supportive therapies are required.