Stretch marks can be caused by more than one reason, one of which is growth spurts that take place during adolescence. A more common and well-known cause, however, is pregnancy. As the skin gets stretched tighter and tighter when the baby develops and grows prior to birth, stretch marks can form.
If you have recently given birth or have developed stretch marks on your skin for another reason, you may want to look at ways to make those marks disappear. Fraxel® laser treatments are very popular among doctors as well as patients. They are also very effective at helping the body restore the skin to an appearance that was similar to what it was before the stretch marks developed.
Fraxel® laser treatments work by emitting tiny beams of concentrated light into the targeted areas of the skin. These beams are many times smaller in diameter than that of a human hair. As a result, they are very effective at impacting only the targeted areas without disturbing surrounding tissue.
The heat from the laser stimulates the skin to produce more collagen, restoring it to its more youthful look. Collagen is the substance that gives the skin its firmness. The reason people tend to develop wrinkles as they age is due to the lack of collagen. As you age, your body produces less of it. The natural consequence of less collagen present is sagging of the skin, which shows up in the form of wrinkles. When used for treating stretch marks, the collagen that is produced as a response to the laser also helps to diminish stretch marks.
Studies have indicated that Fraxel® laser treatments, when used to target stretch marks, result in up to a 75 percent improvement in appearance just one week after treatment. Even more improvement has been noted six weeks following treatment.
Fraxel® laser treatments, while widely used to target stretch marks, can be used to treat other conditions as well. This treatment method is effective at improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin, melasma, age spots, acne scars and old scars from injuries. Since the treatments stimulate the production of collagen, they are frequently used to reduce wrinkles as well.
If you have stretch marks or other skin conditions for which you would like to see improvement, you should let our team at Delta Laser and Skin Care Centre explain how Fraxel® laser treatments can be of benefit in your individual situation. We have offices in Delta and Burnaby. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.