Reduce the appearance of your stretch marks quickly and effectively with laser treatment options from Cynosure.
When skin has been stretched too far or too fast – such as during puberty, pregnancy or due to weight fluctuations – stretch marks can appear.
Stretch marks are what occur when the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, tears due to rapid stretching. The marks start out as red or purple and gradually fade to a white or silver colour as they mature. Stretch marks can appear on any area of the body that are affected by weight fluctuations. The abdomen, arms, thighs and buttocks are some of the most commonly affected regions.
While stretch marks are not a health risk, they can affect your self-confidence and body image. They can also prevent you from wearing the clothing you really want to. Fortunately, there is a non-invasive solution available.
Laser treatments can diminish the look of stretch marks in just a few quick treatment sessions. Cynosure laser systems offer:
Prior to undergoing any laser treatment, you will need to schedule a consultation with a qualified provider who can determine whether you’re a viable candidate. Laser treatments are best for mild to moderate stretch marks.
During your session, advanced laser technology is used to target and break down your unwanted stretch marks. The laser energy is delivered into the deeper layers of the skin, which has a rejuvenating effect. The body’s natural healing process increases collagen production and improves skin elasticity. The result is a smoother, more even skin tone where the stretch marks used to be.
As this treatment is non-invasive, no downtime will be required. Several sessions will be necessary to achieve a noticeable difference though.
Patients can expect to see an improvement in both the tone and texture of their stretch marks following several laser sessions. The results can last several years provided patients follow a healthy lifestyle and don’t gain a significant amount of weight. Pairing these treatments with quality skincare products that keep your skin supple and moisturised can also help increase the longevity of your results. You can speak to your provider about the right products to use.
The treatment can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. If you will be treating multiple areas, treatment times will vary accordingly. Your provider can assist you with a tailored treatment plan that meets your specific requirements.
Most people need four to eight treatment sessions spaced three to four weeks apart to achieve the desired outcome. Your provider will give you a better idea of the number of treatments required following your consultation.
You may experience a temporary redness and swelling of the stretch marks which could last a few days. However, the potential side effects of this treatment won’t prevent you from resuming your usual routine following your laser session. There may also be some mild tenderness in the area but this will be different for everyone. Your provider will discuss any potential side effects, as well as any aftercare instructions, with you during your consultation and after treatment.
For most patients there is no downtime, allowing you to return to your normal activities immediately after.
Patients should aim to keep their skin protected from the sun at least two weeks before their appointment. UV tanning beds should also be avoided. Unfortunately, if your skin is damaged due to UV rays, it can’t be treated. Your provider will also tell you which medications, supplements and skincare products to avoid prior to your session. Any additional requirements will be covered during your consultation.
Yes, it is possible for Cynosure laser treatments to also reduce the appearance of cellulite. Certain laser treatments are designed to release the fibrous bands that pull down on the skin. Treatment can also assist with the reduction of unwanted fatty deposits under the skin by helping your body to metabolise them faster. The result is a smoother appearance that’s free of unwanted lumps. If cellulite is also a concern for you, your provider can work this into your treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. It might be possible to treat both concerns at once but this will need to be discussed with your provider.