Fractional Stretch Mark Removal Positively and Safely Reduce Unsightly Stretch Marks with Laser Stretch Mark Removal Stretch marks, also known as striae, are pink, red, purple, or white lines on the skin caused by rapid, excessive expansion of the skin. When skin is stretched too far, the collagen-based structure within the dermis (the middle layer of the skin) can break or rupture. When this critical support structure for the epidermis is compromised, the skin becomes thin and stretched and scar tissue develops, leading to the long, wide, unsightly marks we know as “stretch marks”. While stretch marks do not cause discomfort or lead to any medical problems, they can cause acute embarrassment and dramatic loss of self-confidence and unfortunately, many traditional remedies such as creams and lotions are simply not effective. Skintegrity Med Spa, located in the heart of downtown Kirkland, is pleased to offer a powerful new way to minimize the appearance of stretch marks and regenerate smooth, healthy, beautiful new skin: fractional laser stretch mark removal. In fact, laser stretch mark removal offers a significant advancement over other methods of stretch mark removal: Unlike creams and lotions, laser stretch mark removal sparks the growth of new collage and new, healthy skin tissue to entirely reduce the appearance of most visible stretch marks Unlike surgery (which can only reduce stretch marks on the abdomen), laser stretch mark removal can be used to reduce stretch marks anywhere on the body! Am I A Candidate for Laser Stretch Mark Removal? Laser stretch mark removal is perfect for anyone who has stretch marks on their abdomen, shoulders, thighs, hips, and buttocks as a result of: Rapid growth and hormone fluctuations during puberty Pregnancy and childbirth Rapid weight gain and loss Excessive build-up of muscle due to body-building and weight-lifting Use of performance-enhancing steroids by athletes and bodybuilders How Does Fractional Stretch Mark Removal Work? The key to successfully reducing the appearance of stretch marks lies in rebuilding existing collagen and generating new collagen deep within the dermis. At Skintegrity, we utilize two different powerful resurfacing modalities that harness the power of light, or radio frequency, to gently remove thin layers of skin around the stretch mark and disintegrate the scar tissue of the stretch mark itself. This process stimulates the body’s self-healing capabilities to spark the remodeling of existing collagen strands, grow new collagen, and form new, healthy layers of skin in place of the stretch mark. The use of two different modalities gives us the ability to assess the response from each, determine the most effective technology for you, and utilize that technology to produce the best possible outcome. Recovery and Results Side effects from laser stretch mark removal are minimal and temporary, usually involving redness and tenderness in the target area for several days. Severe stretch mark removal requiring intensive treatments may require longer healing time, however. For optimal results, most patients require multiple treatment sessions, depending on the scope and severity of the stretch marks. Patients with extremely severe stretch marks will see significant reduction in the visibility of their stretch marks, but it may not be possible to reduce these stretch marks entirely.