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Stretch Marks-Laser Treatment

How stretch marks are formed?

Our skin has three layers: the epidermis, or outer layer; the dermis, or middle layer; and the subcutaneous layer. Stretch marks (also known as stria) occur in the dermis, the elastic middle layer that helps skin to maintain its shape. When the dermis is constantly stretched over time, the skin becomes less elastic and the connective fibers break. This results in formation of stretch marks.

Stretch marks are a form of scarring of the skin with an off-color hue. They are caused by tearing of the dermis and are the result of the rapid or prolonged stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (e.g. puberty) or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy) that overcomes the dermis' elasticity.

Stretch marks are generally associated with pregnancy and obesity and rapid growth. 75-90% of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy.

They first appear as reddish lines, but tend to gradually fade to a lighter color.

Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body where the skin has been stretched (often as a result of weight gain). They're more likely to appear in places where fat is stored: the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, thighs and hips.

Apart from local topical applications, derma rollers provide reasonably good results. However, best results are obtained with the use of laser treatments.

At Bindal Clinic, the dermatologist will use different types of lasers depending on the color of the stretch marks. One laser [Pigment targeting Q-Switched] reduces the color of dark stretch marks and another laser [Deep FX] is used to stimulate the production of collagen and help restore the skin's elasticity in depressed stretch marks.

3-4 sessions of laser treatments may be required for best results.