About 90% of women have stretchmarks and until now, there were few effective options for treatment. In April 2010, the Lux1540 Laser received FDA approval for the treatment of stretchmarks. This new technology has been able to make dramatic improvements in stretchmarks where many other treatments have failed. Lone Tree and Denver stretchmark treatment at Visage Center offers a new and exciting way to combat an old problem, leaving clients with smoother, better-looking skin.
What are stretchmarks?
Stretchmarks, also know as striae distensae, are scars in the dermis of the skin that arise when skin is rapidly stretched. The collagen and elastin fibers of the skin become thin and weak, leading to the characteristic appearance of stretchmarks. They occur more often in women and can result from many things, including rapid changes in weight, growth spurts and pregnancy.
How does the Lux1540 Laser work?
The Lux1540 laser is a fractionated, nonablational laser. This laser delivers an array of high-precision microbeams to create deep, narrow columns of coagulation in the epidermis and dermis. Rather than a solid beam of light, the Lux1540 laser is split into many microbeams, leaving islands of skin that are unaffected, which hastens healing. The energy delivered to stretchmarks causes them to soften, remodel and blend into the surrounding skin!
What areas can be treated?
All areas of the body can be treated with the Lux1540 laser. The most common areas to develop stretchmarks are the abdomen, thighs, breasts and buttocks.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately after the procedure, the skin is red and mildly swollen. By evening, the redness will already begin to subside. The treated areas will heal very quickly and by the next day the skin looks like a bad sunburn. Over the next 3 to 4 days, the skin continues to heal and you may experience peeling. There is a moderate burning sensation the night after the procedure that can be lessened with cold compresses.
How many treatments are necessary?
For Stretchmark treatment, we recommend 5 treatments spaced out 1 month apart. However, optimal results will often require more treatments.
What is the downtime?
Many patients will say that there is no downtime. We advise that patients take off work the day of and the day after the procedure. After 48 hours of healing, the skin will look like a mild to moderate sunburn.
What are possible side effects?
The following are expected side effects which typically resolve within 3 days:
- Mild discomfort
- Peeling of skin
After the procedure, the skin will be darker than normal. This is typically transient and resolves over time. Rarely, the skin can become too light after treatment, which can be permanent.