Stretch marks, also called striae, are common after pregnancy, and many women are not happy with having them and want to get rid of them. Stretch marks can be unsightly and cause self-consciousness, especially when wearing swimsuits or other revealing outfits. Stretch marks unfortunately can not be prevented or treated completely, but there are a variety of options that can help to significantly reduce their appearance. At MI Skin Dermatology in Washington, DC, Dr. Melda Isaac offers laser skin resurfacing as well as microneedling and microdermabrasion to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Solutions to Stretch Marks
Laser skin resurfacing is a tried and true method of reducing stretch marks that is safe and effective. Laser skin renewal works by stimulating collagen production through heating the dermis with laser light. In the case of ablative laser skin resurfacing, tiny injuries are made in a regular pattern on the skin, thus kick-starting the skin renewal process and resulting in smoother, brighter skin in as little as one to two treatments. Ablative laser resurfacing is a great way to quickly reduce the appearance of stretch marks, although you will need to be able to take up to week off work for recovery time.
Non-ablative lasers, microneedling, and microdermabrasion don’t work as quickly as ablative laser resurfacing, but require far less recovery time. These treatments will require multiple sessions for optimal results; generally, three to six sessions will be enough. These treatments are gentle but still effective. After multiple sessions, the appearance of your stretch marks will be dramatically reduced.
Don’t let your stretch marks stop you from fully enjoying your beach trips or feeling good in your body. Dr. Isaac can help to reduce your stretch marks to the point where you will feel comfortable showing your skin in public again.