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Laser/light Therapy for Stretch Marks

Laser/light therapy is a non-toxic and non-invasive therapy that uses light energy to repair and regenerate skin cells.

Why choose Laser/light therapy for stretch marks

  • There is no effective treatment for stretch marks besides laser/light therapy.
  • Less need for pain medication following treatment.
  • Increased energy for cells in the treatment area.
  • Improved immune response.
  • Improved healing response.
  • Promotion of collagen for new skin production.
  • Better lymphatic drainage, leading to reduced swelling.
  • Improved blood circulation in treatment area.
  • Reduced inflammation.

What you should know about laser/light therapy for stretch marks

Infrared and visible red light is beamed on to the stretch marks. The treatment causes a reduction of the apparent scarring of the stretch marks, softening and flattening their appearance. A series of up to 20 sessions is required over several weeks in order to see a 20 to 60 percent improvement in appearance. Results are permanent, but follow-up maintenance treatments sometimes are necessary.

Possible risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Crusting

Cost

The average cost for each laser/light stretch mark therapy session ranges from $200 to $400. Typically from 10 to 20 sessions are required. Since stretch mark therapy is considered a cosmetic procedure, the cost of treatment usually is not covered by medical insurance companies.

How to prepare for the procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients also should:

  • Avoid sunbathing, tanning beds, waxing, chemical peels or collagen injections for two weeks prior to the procedure.
  • Avoid perfumes, deodorants or any potential irritants in the treatment area before and after treatment.
  • Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding.

What to expect after the procedure

Patients may not see any significant changes until several weeks after the surgery. Other post-procedure issues include:

  • Treated area may be pink or red for four to eight hours after treatment.
  • A slight stinging sensation, similar to a mild sunburn, in the treated area. This sensation usually subsides within four to six hours. Cool packs or moist cloths may be applied to reduce the sensation.
  • • Mild swelling in the treatment area that usually dissipates within several days.

In addition, patients should:

  • Avoid applying makeup or lotion to the treated area for either 24 hours or until all signs or redness and stinging have dissipated.
  • Apply a good moisturizing lotion to the treated area twice daily for the duration of the treatments.

Find a doctor for your laser/light therapy for stretch marks

Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Laser/light therapy” from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed nearly 2.25 million laser/light therapy treatments, up from 1.68 million in 2012. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.

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