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Stretch Mark Treatments Introduction

Stretch Mark Treatment

Millions of women have stretch marks, which occur normally as a result of puberty, pregnancy, hormonal changes and weight gain. This fact does little to alleviate the embarrassment that most women feel at the appearance of these unsightly striations on their skin.

Until now there were few options for stretch mark treatments. With the use of the Palomar Icon® fractional laser and Rejuvapen® Microneedling practitioners now have an excellent aesthetic alternative for their patients.

What to Expect

Rejuvapen®

During the session, Rejuvapen® Microneedling is slightly uncomfortable. Dr. Tuesday will provide her patients with a topical numbing cream that should be applied 20 minutes prior to the appointment.
The treatment itself feels a bit like sandpaper going over the skin. Some scarred areas can be more sensitive than other, so parts of the session will be less comfortable than others.
After the treatment, patients generally don’t feel any discomfort, although the treated area is likely to be sensitive. Dr. Tuesday will instruct patients to using mild, gentle products and sunscreen after the treatment. Makeup can be applied the next day.
Patients should expect to be very red the day of and the day after a Rejuvapen® Microneedling treatment. Dr. Tuesday recommends scheduling two days of downtime and staying out of the sun. For example, you can schedule your appointment on Friday and use the weekend as downtime. The redness is typically gone in 48 hours.

Palomar Icon Stretch Marks
Rejuvapen for Stretch Marks

Palomar Icon®

Dr. Tuesday will apply a numbing anesthetic cream to the area to help minimize any pain.

Each treatment takes around 20 minutes to complete. Patients typically require at least 3 treatment sessions, but may require 6 or possibly more for the best possible results.

The laser treatment procedure may produce some mild discomfort, and some stinging, swelling or redness is usually expected for the following 24 hours. Most people can get right back to their normal lives immediately following the treatment.

Stretch Mark Treatments Before and After

Stretch Mark Treatments FAQs

What causes stretch marks?

Stretch marks are caused by rapid stretching of the skin that causes the dermis to tear. Stretch marks are also associated with hormonal changes that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and muscle building. Hormones effect the development of stretch marks by preventing fibroblasts from forming the collagen and elastin fibres that keep skin taut and firm. Without this supportive structure, the dermal and epidermal layers of skin may tear as they are stretched.

What is the downtime?

Typically the healing time depends on the severity of the damaged skin and the depth of the procedure. Most commonly there may be some redness that resembles mild sunburn. This may last for 2-4 days. Some patients may have the redness dissipate within 24 hours.

When will patients see results?

Patients may notice healthier looking skin right away. However, keep in mind that dermal collagen remodeling occurs over time and it would not be realistic to expect damage that has happened to the skin over a long period of time to disappear right away. We suggest a series of 4-6 sessions depending on what the treatment is for. Individuals may not see final results until 3-6 months following the last appointment.

How long does stretch mark treatment take?

Depending on the size of the area to be treated, a treatment may last for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour per session.

Are there any side effects?

Some skin redness or swelling may occur during or immediately after treatment. This should fade within a few hours.

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