Stretch marks have been around for a very long time before we even knew about it, and no one wants to see such irregular lines on their body. It is an unfortunate fact of our life as it will be there forever, once you notice those red lines on your body, it is a sign of stretch marks occurrence therefore, that is the time when you need to act quickly to keep the stretch marks under control.
However, if you ignore it and wait until it fades away into silvery line that means the stretch mark has become permanent and cannot be removed using any method. Stretch marks can only be lightened with different treatments in the market, the skin tone is made even to hide the stretch marks.
Stretch mark can occur on any body part; the most common areas likely to be affected with stretch marks are Stomach, Hips, Thighs, Arms, legs and waistline sideways. Stretch marks on stomach happen during pregnancy, when an individual suddenly gains weigh or loses lot of weight suddenly.
A laser stretch mark removal method has worked in favor of an individual, Fractional Laser treatment, that has been used the most as stretch mark removal.
How Fractional Laser Treatment Works?
Firstly, to understand the treatment you need to get an insight about the different skin layers, which are as followed, the top most layer is known as Epidermis, the mid layer is known as dermis and the lower layer is known as the Subcutis. Now, the epidermis layer, which is rich in Melanocytes, a pigment that is responsible for skin coloration, whereas the dermis is rich in Elastin and Collagen, enzymes that are responsible for elasticity, strength, and toughness of the skin.
Now with aging, the skin becomes saggy and skin starts becoming thin, due to which the blemishes starts appearing and slowly Collagen production decreases which then slows down the skin repairing power.
The doctor first marks down the area to be treated with the laser, after which the area is cleaned. After cleaning and all, the pictures before the treatment is taken to see the difference after the treatment that will give a better idea of who much stretch mark has been removed.
Then the anesthesia cream is applied on the stomach skin surface, the anesthesia cream takes about 40-45 minutes to show its effect. Soon after which doctor removes the anesthesia cream and gliding gel is then applied, which helps the laser to get an even layer for the MTZ (Microthermal Treatment Zone).
The laser targets both the epidermis and dermis layer, by delivering a laser beam on the affected area, where the laser is divided into thousands columns that will focus on one given area at a time, thus the thousand columns make sure that the complete skin falls under the laser and no spot is left untreated. Thus when the laser is reaches the dermis layer it removes the dead skin and penetrates deep into the skin that causes a reaction to collagen, after which collagen remodels and give rise to more formation of collagen. Therefore, once the dead skin is removed, the skin will look as if it is bruised, but with the help of Fractional ablative laser the repair process is faster.
The fractional laser treatment depends on the place you are getting the treatment done from, but it can cost nearly $500 to $1000 per single treatment. Thus the number of session required depends on the treatment effect on your skin, if the marks are still there then you will atleast 2-3 session more to get the even skin tone, which diminishes the stretch marks after each treatment.
- The treatment is more affective as compared to the natural remedies, over the counter lotions and creams.
- Less invasive as compared to the surgical treatment like Tummy tuck, where the tummy area is sculpted and it takes more time to heal, costs more than the fractional laser treatment.
- Less time consuming, as you can go back home and continue with your regular work.
- Results can be seen on any given skin type.
- If experts do not undertake the treatment, then it could lead to tissue damage of the nearby area or the area being treated.
- It can cause little irritation as skin becomes sensitive after the treatment, therefore it is best if you do not step out in sun much soon after the treatment. Avoid beaches as the stomach area will have to be uncovered, thus the sun can cause the skin to burn and turn red. In addition, the salty beach water can cause severe skin irritation.
- The fractional laser treatment cannot be used during pregnancy, it is not recommended as it can cause hormonal changes and other complications during the pregnancy.
If you are to go for the laser treatment, then it is best for you to choose your doctor and clinic carefully, you would not want to end up crying over what has already been done, thus to avoid that keep yourself well informed about the procedure, costs and the after effects.
Going without any information will make you wonder all the time about the procedure, but if are well aware of the procedure then you will know whether the doctor is missing something from the treatment or not.
The best is to be patient and it takes time to heal and always keep a gap for the next treatment nearly about 2-3 months, so that the skin comes back to its normal condition before going in for other session. Also, make sure that you have time in hand before you go for the treatment, for minimum you should have 2-3 days in hadn to go for the treatment, even though it takes aboput 20 minutes for the procedure, but if there are any problems later then you will need those two extra days to get the treatment fixed.