Stretch marks occur when the middle layer of the skin – the dermis – is stretched to a point where its elasticity breaks down. As the injury heals, scar tissue develops which becomes a stretch mark. Stretch marks are most often caused by rapid weight gain, pregnancy, weightlifting, and accelerated growth during adolescence. Initially these narrow grooves have a reddish appearance. As the stretch mark ages it tends to take on a silvery white appearance.
At Central Wellness we use fractional resurfacing therapy to improve the appearance of stretch marks and scars with little to no downtime. The laser treatment improves the unsightly color and skin texture associated with stretch marks, leaving clients with smoother, better-looking skin.
The laser delivers high-precision microbeams to create deep, narrow columns of heat. This triggers a restorative natural healing process that creates healthy new tissue and collagen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where on the body can stretch marks be treated?
It can be used on scars and stretch marks anywhere on the face or body.
How many treatments will I need?
We customize your treatment protocol to best fit your current skin condition and desired outcome. Patients with stretch marks may need several treatments to achieve significant results.
How are the treatments performed?
Your skin in the treatment area is cleaned and your eyes are protected with safety shields. The physician positions the laser over the skin while a computer-guided scanner moves the laser beam in the designated treatment area. The procedure usually lasts 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.
Does it hurt?
The level of comfort varies from patient to patient depending largely on the depth of treatment. For shallow treatments, the procedure is well tolerated with the use of a topical anesthetic. For deeper treatments, your physician may administer a local anesthetic.
What should patients expect after treatment?
Complete healing depends largely on the depth of treatment. Healing times for shallow treatments are typically 2-4 days. For deeper treatments, you should discuss realistic expectations for recovery with your physician.
How do I get started?
Call us or schedule your complimentary consultation online to find out if you’re a good candidate for stretch mark treatment. In your consultation we will work with you to develop a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.
Conveniently schedule your complimentary consultation or call us at 406.869.1066.
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