Removal of stretch marks
Stretch marks are pale brown or reddish lines that appear on the skin after sudden weight deviations, pregnancy or when using corticosteroid preparations. Their appearance is the result of a strong stretching of the middle layers of the skin, which tears the collagen and elastin fibers. They can appear on different parts of the body, usually being blackish-purple, and fading over time and appearing silvery.
There are many types of cosmetics and procedures to reduce their visibility, but very few that reduce the depth, width and change the color of the stretch marks.
One of the most successful procedures for erasing stretch marks is fractionated Er:Yag laser resurfacing.
The laser beam enters the skin in the form of multiple beams of light that form columns of thermally damaged tissue. The accumulated heat tightens existing collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen.
The result after 4 or 6 treatments is a narrowing of the stretch marks and their alignment with the skin color, to the point of being imperceptible.
Specially trained and certified doctors guarantee the success of the procedure and its safety for the patient.
Esteline Dermatology Clinic works with high quality equipment from the leading manufacturer of lasers in the field of dermatology and aesthetics Fotona®.
What is the procedure?
Initially, a numbing cream is applied to the areas to be treated. It is necessary to wait for its action for 20-30 minutes. The procedure goes through 2 stages: stretch mark treatment and skin tightening treatment. An intense heating to moderate burning is felt, in places like a prickle, which is minimized with a blast of cold air. At the end of the therapy, a soothing, epithelizing cream is applied.
During the procedure, the patient wears protective goggles.
The duration of therapy varies depending on the size and number of stretch marks.
What are the contraindications and side effects?
Not recommended for pregnant and lactating women, people with photosensitivity and epilepsy. It is contraindicated in cases of abnormal scarring and keloids or hyperpigmentation. Immediately after the therapy, redness and swelling are observed, which passes within 2 days. Within a week after the procedure, there may be flaking of the skin, crusting and slight redness. Full skin recovery is observed after 10 to 14 days.
When does it occur and what is the duration of the effect?
It is important to know that stretch mark treatment is a time-consuming process. It takes 4 to 6 treatments to achieve optimal results. Very often after the first procedure there is a minimal effect, which is followed by a significant improvement 3 to 6 months later. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the size and type of stretch marks. Newer and narrow stretch marks are easier to erase than old and deep ones.
What is the recommended care after the procedure?
In the first 24 hours after the procedure it is desirable not to wet the treated areas. Sun exposure should be avoided after therapy and sunscreen should be strictly used for at least 1 month. The doctor will prescribe an epithelizing cream, which should be applied until the skin is fully recovered. Strict compliance with the doctor’s instructions prevents possible complications.
What is the recommended number and frequency of treatments?
The number of treatments to achieve the optimal effect is individual and depends on the severity and age of the stretch marks. It usually takes between 4 or 6 sessions to achieve the desired result. The treatments are performed every 4 weeks, and improvement is also observed 6 months after the end of the therapy. No supportive therapies are required.