If you have a stubborn stretch marks, especially on areas of your body that you don’t want to conceal, you may have tried a variety of ineffective stretch mark removal treatments in vain that may have left you disillusioned and depressed. Don’t despair, we see patient’s every day that ask us how to get rid of stretch marks.
At AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare, we understand the frustration that stretch marks cause our patients. This is why we have developed a unique, multiple-modality approach of how to get rid of stretch marks delicately and artfully by remodeling your stretch mark into gradually blending in with the skin surrounding it, giving patients the dramatic results they are hoping for.
WHAT ARE STRETCH MARKS AND WHAT CAUSES THEM?
Known by physicians as striae, stretch marks are one of the most common skin problems. Dr. Mohamed L. Elsaie told Aesthetic Dermatology News that stretch marks affect as many as 90 percent of all women. He said that stretch marks are most common among teens and the most common causes of stretch marks are rapid weight gain and pregnancy. He also adds that some women are genetically pre-disposed. Many women try to treat the white or silver lines and indentations with over-the-counter creams and lotions, often with little to no success.
Stretch Marks are an unsightly form of scarring formed by too much stress being put on the dermis. Causes of stretch marks range from growth during puberty, pregnancy, rapid weight gain, some skin conditions, as well as a variety of other circumstances that could stress out your skin. The ‘striae’ (the scientific name for stretch marks) appear first as red or purplish lines, usually running in the same direction on an area of your body, and fade gradually to white or silvery marks. Men and women of all ages can suffer from stretch marks. Some people develop them very early in their lives, others develop them later.
HOW TO GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS WITH LASERS
At AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare we understand that stretch marks can be traumatizing and frustrating. Each stretch mark is actually a unique scar with a unique internal structure and therefore requires a customized laser stretch mark removal treatment protocol. For this reason, AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare utilizes a comprehensive array of laser devices to maximize our protocols for each patient. AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare’s Dr. Alice Pien will typically use three to four different lasers per session. In addition, an assortment of non-laser modalities are used to remove stretch marks such as Collagen Induction Therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and Physiological Regulation Medicine (PRM).
When determining how to get rid of stretch marks it creates a variety of interesting challenges for practitioners of cosmetic laser medicine. They are a unique kind of scar, and their structure will vary greatly from patient to patient based on how they were formed, where on the body they are, the patient’s skin type, and how long the striae have been present on the skin.
However, major advances to get rid of stretch marks have been made particularly in laser technology that can change the appearance of your stretch marks, from substantially smoothing and diminishing their appearance to making them vanish all together. The key is in ‘fractionated’ laser light, provided by our leading-edge Sciton® Profraxional Erbium laser modality. Often used in combination with other laser modalities for a truly customized procedure to get rid of stretch marks. Laser stretch mark removal treatments like these even the color tone of your skin, cause the dermis to replace damaged cells with new growth and stimulate the production of refreshed collagen.
In as few as 3 to 5 laser stretch mark removal treatments, your stretch marks will lighten and fade due to the fact that, through our state-of-the art process of Holistic Physiological Transformation, the scar tissue is actually being healed and eliminated rather than simply covered up.
“I’ve had stretch marks ever since puberty and they are really embarrassing. I have always wondered how do I get rid of these stretch marks?” said one City Search reviewer. “After just the first laser treatment and CIT I already see dramatic results…Their [AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare’s] laser stretch mark removal treatments are very effective because they have a bunch of different lasers…Their prices are very competitive and well worth it.”
FIVE DISTINCT PHASES IS HOW TO GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS EFFECTIVELY
Phase #1 – Color blending: When stretch marks are formed,
- The stretch mark may contain an excess of pigment making cells (melanocytes) that cause the stretch mark to become darker than the surrounding skin;
- The stretch mark may contain an excess of vascularization that causes the stretch mark to become purple, red or pink.
- The stretch mark may be devoid of either a) or b) and may therefore be lighter than the surrounding skin.
- Depending on a, b, or c, a special serious of treatments will blend the color to match the surrounding skin.
Phase #2 – Collagen remodeling – Converts the stretch mark collagen into healthy collagen
Phase #3 – Stretch mark contraction – Shrinks the stretch mark from side to side
Phase #4 – Stimulation of new collagen production – Fills the stretch mark with new healthy collagen
Phase #5 – Resurfacing – Smooths the surface of the stretch mark to blend with the surrounding skin
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS
Q. What gets rid of older white colored stretch marks?
A. Yes, treatment for older white stretch marks is effective. However, to be clear, stretch marks are NOT actually removed. Rather, laser treatments stimulate the body’s natural regenerative machinery to generate new tissue and progressively remodel the scar tissue (stretch marks are actually scars). This blends the area with the stretch marks back into the surrounding healthy skin.
Q. I’ve had stretch marks for 8 years caused by weight gain and loss. Would laser treatment be the best way to get rid of my stretch marks? Are the YG or Infini laser good for this?
A. Yes, stretch marks, no matter the age or cause, can be effectively removed with lasers. One would think that newer stretch marks would respond better and faster to laser treatment than older ones. While this is often the case, we are often amazed at how stretch marks of any age respond to our laser protocols.
In regards to which lasers work best for this, the answer to this question is found within the unique physiology of each patient. Each persons physiology is different and will respond differently to different laser technologies. We have over 25 different lasers to account for this variability among infinitely different physiologies. Each laser can target specific tissues while ignoring others in an exquisitely precise way. For all stretch mark removal patients that we see, we customize a protocol combining multiple laser technologies. This elicits the best response for your particular skin and will generate the best results possible.
Q. How many days does the stretch mark treatment take?
A. In general, one visit is all that is needed to have all of your stretch marks treated. Occasionally, some patients have so many stretch marks covering a large area of their body that they need to be treated in sections over a 2-3 day period. Many patients will also decide to treat only the stretch marks that bother them the most and postpone treatment on the others to sometime in the future.
Following each treatment, your body will work day and night to remove the stretch mark and regenerate new skin. This stimulation of your body’s natural ability to rebuild its self from the inside out will last for about 10 to 12 weeks. At this point it is likely that another treatment will be needed to push the process forward. Thinner, smaller and more shallow stretch marks can virtually disappear in as few as 2 to 3 treatments as they will remodel the fastest. 5 to 8 stretch mark removal treatments are typically needed for thicker, deeper and wider stretch marks in order to get rid of them.
Q. Can I do this at home by holding a magnifying glass over my stretch marks while out in the sun?
A. Unfortunately no. Doing this would not only be very painful, it would only end up burning you and making everything worse. Now you would have a burn scar on top of your stretch mark. Visually it would be worse, structurally it would be more complex and healing would be much more difficult.
Q. Once the laser gets rid of the stretch marks can they return?
A. Once the stretch marks have been remodeled (removed) they typically do not come back. However, if the conditions that originally caused the stretch marks in the first place come back, the creation of new stretch marks is possible. We typically do not recommend stretch mark removal to those considering another pregnancy as this can cause new stretch marks to appear.
Q. Can you tell me how to get rid of old stretch marks? Does it make a difference if the stretch marks are new or old?
A. All kinds of stretch marks, new and old, no matter how they were created, on all parts of the body, can be effectively removed with lasers. More often than not, newer stretch marks do respond faster to treatments than older stretch marks on the same person.
However, that exact comparison can’t be made between different people. Older stretch marks on some people will respond better to treatment than some younger people with younger stretch marks! This is because stretch marks caused by various events can be very different from each other. For instance, the kind of stretch mark caused by a puberty growth spurt can be very different from one caused by pregnancy.
Bottom line, how to get rid of stretch marks depends on:
- What caused the stretch mark
- Where the stretch mark is located on the body
- How old the stretch mark is
- How old the person being treated is
- Most importantly: The responsiveness of the patients physiology
With that in mind, you can see why it is so important to customize a laser treatment protocol for each stretch mark and each patient. In order to engineer the most effective protocol for each stretch mark we treat and observe, modify and observe. This is because each can be very complicated in their depth and structure. Bottom line, regardless of when the stretch marks were created, they can be effectively treated.