Lasers that are used to treat stretch marks come in a variety of different types. Each of the lasers is used to treat specific types of stretch marks. They use specific wave-lengths within the spectrum of light to encourage and speed up the body’s ability to produce melanin, elastin and collagen. In other words, the lasers are used to tell the body to produce more skin in those specific areas.
As new skin is made, the stretch marks will slowly fade away. The treatment is continued until the patient achieves the look that they are aiming for. In most cases, they will be able to completely eliminate the appearance of stretch marks after enough treatments.
There are several different types of lasers that can be used to fade and eliminate stretch marks. The specific type of laser that will be used will depend on the severity of the stretch marks.
All of the laser types are effective in removing stretch marks from the patient; however, each of them will produce the best results with specific treatments. Below, we will go over the two most common lasers that are used to treat stretch marks.
Pulsed Dye Laser
Pulsed dye laser treatment aims to get the body to produce fresh skin and increase the production of collagen which fills out the skin underneath. This treatment works better for newly formed stretch marks. Typically, someone that is fresh off a pregnancy will go with this type of treatment.
The pulsed dye laser treatment will require several visits. Each visit will be spaced out two months apart. The actual treatment will cause minor discomfort; however, it is easily tolerable. The outside of the skin will not be damaged during this treatment. The wave-lengths that the laser produces will penetrate the top layer of skin and affect the lower layers that are hidden beneath.
The Exciser laser works in a different way. It increases your body’s ability to produce melanin, which is the natural pigmentation in the skin. This darkens stretch marks and causes them to fade and blend into the surrounding skin. The closer the stretch marks match up with the original skin color, the easier it will be to get rid of the stretch marks.
Treatments with this type of laser will typically last up to 10 sessions. The patient will go in once every other week for a session over the course of 20 weeks. This allows the body to react to each treatment and fully recover before the next one begins.
After the treatment is complete, the patient will typically need to go in for routine visits. After the original 10 sessions are complete, the patient will only have to go in 3 to 4 times per year.
With this treatment, the stretch marks are not being removed completely. Instead, they are undergoing a color change which will match the surrounding skin. This means you will still be able to feel the stretch marks; however, they will not be visible to the naked eye. This type of treatment is better suited for those that have older stretch marks that have already turned white.