Stretch marks are easier to prevent than trying to get rid of them later. All kinds of creams and massages can only increase the elasticity of the skin and make ugly lines on the abdomen, chest and thighs less noticeable, but striae can be completely removed only with the help of a qualified cosmetologist. Mesotherapy, microdermabrasion are used to combat stretch marks, but the best effect is observed after laser correction.
How is the procedure going?
Stretch marks are removed using laser resurfacing, during which the surface layer of the skin is completely removed, and the scar tissue that forms the stretch marks is also destroyed. The tissues destroyed by the laser are replaced with healthy ones, the skin becomes smooth and healthy. The laser beam not only vaporizes the connective tissue, but also stimulates the formation of collagen fibers, increasing the elasticity of the skin and accelerating its recovery.
The advantage of the procedure is its low pain: the action of the laser causes a slight tingling sensation, and local anesthesia is rarely required. Patients tolerate laser resurfacing well, the effect of it becomes noticeable after the first procedure.
The number of procedures and their duration depends on the area of the skin that needs to be resurfaced and on the "age" of the stretch marks. The more time has passed since the appearance of the defect, the longer it will have to be eliminated.
Usually, from 3 to 10 procedures are carried out with an interval of 3-4 weeks, on average, the duration of each procedure does not exceed an hour.
The newest method of removing stretch marks using a laser is fractional photothermolysis. This approach involves the application of microdamage to the surface layer of the skin, while the laser beam is divided using a special nozzle, forming the smallest mesh, and penetrates the skin to a shallow depth. Photothermolysis does not have the side effects inherent in conventional laser resurfacing, recovery after it takes less time, in addition, the photothermolysis procedure is practically painless. Its only drawback is its high cost: one laser resurfacing procedure costs at least one hundred dollars, depending on the size of the desired area, and how many procedures will be required can only be found out in the process.
Contraindications and side effects
Absolute contraindications to laser resurfacing are poor skin coagulability, a tendency to form keloid scars, some chronic diseases (hypertension, diabetes mellitus), varicose veins in the area to be resurfed. Such procedures are not recommended for people suffering from skin infections, oncological and mental illnesses, owners of skin belonging to the IV light type (very dark or dark) or sensitive to sunlight.
Women planning a pregnancy are advised to postpone the procedure due to the high likelihood of new stretch marks. Breastfeeding mothers are encouraged to wait until the end of the lactation period.
There are few side effects from laser resurfacing, most of them do not require special treatment and quickly go away on their own. Most often, edema and redness appear on the laser-treated area, later thin crusts form on the skin that cannot be peeled off and combed. Before and after the procedure, you should limit exposure to the sun, the treated skin will need to be lubricated with a moisturizer, and you will also need to use sunscreen.