How safe is Laser Treatment for Stretch Marks?
Skin scarring, or also known as Stretch marks are commonly associated with pregnancy, weight gain and obesity. The marks are formed when the middle layer part of the skin is stretched beyond its limit over a long period of time. Because of the stretching, as a result, the connective fibers inside the skin will eventually snap. This causes interrupting to the production of collagen and therefore caused scarring. This scarring is usually treatable. A well known and popular method is to use laser treatment for such Stretch marks removal.
Laser To Remove Stretch Marks: Do you qualify for Treatment?
Initially, you will need to meet with a cosmetic surgeon for a consultation, in order to determine whether or not this type of laser treatment will be effective and suitable in helping to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks.
The most common patients for using laser to remove stretch marks are women who have recently given birth. Pregnancy and stretch marks will typically go hand in hand and three out of four women who are pregnant will experience them. These women will usually suffer from stretch marks on the abdomen, breasts and thighs. Other candidates for laser treatment for stretch marks include bodybuilders, and individuals who have gained or lost a significant amount of weight.
During laser surgery stretch mark removal procedures, a beam of light is used to remove thin layers of skin. The excimer laser is typically used because it is the most effective for this type of procedure. The excimer laser produces a super high energy ultraviolet light. The light will disrupt the molecular bonds that are found in the skin. This is different from other lasers as the other laser treatment generally work by cutting through or burning the skin areas. Once the treatment session has been completed, the treatment area will heal quickly, allowing for new layers of skin to grow naturally.
Immediately after a session the affected areas will be tender and red. This is due to the removal of the scarred layers of skin. Occasionally other symptoms such as burns or blistering can occur. Most patients will heal within two to three days.
Side Effects and Dangers of Laser Therapy Treatment
In most cases, laser treatment for stretch marks is highly effective. As with most cosmetic procedures, the success of the treatment will depend on the severity and age of the stretch marks. A patient will usually require six to ten sessions in order for the stretch marks to be completely removed.
This treatment is extremely safe and has a high rate of patient satisfaction. A downside for many people is the cost per session, which ranges from $300 to $600, in addition to the amount of sessions that are needed. This is a less invasive procedure than most of those designed to treat and remove stretch marks. Laser treatment will also require significantly less amount of recovery time.
As with any type of medical procedure, laser therapy for stretch marks is not completely without risk. Because the laser is able to ablate the skin, it’s possible that a mishandled laser can lead to superficial tissue damage and possibly infection. For these reasons you should be careful when selecting a cosmetic surgeon. There is also the risk that more severe stretch marks will not be removed entirely with laser treatment alone.