Stretch Marks – Photofractional Is the New Correction Solution
Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin that occur when the fibers that keep your skin taught, collagen and elastin, break when your skin stretches with rapid growth or weight changes. Stretch marks are most commonly associated with the physical and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, but can also occur with rapid weight gain, adolescent growth spurts, and other medical conditions and diseases.
Stretch marks appear as reddish or bluish streaks, commonly occurring on the abdomen, breasts, thighs, hips, lower back, and buttocks. Over time, some usually diminish to faint, silvery lines, but will not disappear entirely, while others remain darker and more visible, as permanent discolorations on the body. And while they do not pose any health risks, most people find them to be a cosmetic nuisance.
Unfortunately, your propensity to develop stretch marks, as well as their severity, is predominantly determined by heredity. So, while keeping your skin hydrated is always important, using lotions and creams that claim they can prevent stretch marks are rarely successful. Additionally, because this stretching happens in the underlying layers of your skin, the topical lotions and creams intended to erase existing stretch marks are often only able to address new marks but are unable to address mature scarring. Exciting new breakthroughs in laser technology are providing new options for correcting both new and mature stretch marks.
The highly trained aestheticians at Dr. Shapiro’s Skin Klinic use Photofractional, a state-of-the-art technology that treats stretch marks in quick sessions lasting approximately fifteen to thirty minutes. Photofractional is a pain-free treatment that works with your skin to stimulate deep collagen regeneration. The result is visible smoothening of the affected area as well as an improvement in the discoloration. This highly-effective technology combines two solutions, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and non-ablative (no damage to the outer layer of skin) fractional skin resurfacing to treat both skin pigmentation and texture simultaneously. The IPL technology removes unwanted pigment from the skin, while the fractional laser stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin fibers in the deeper layers of the skin, which is the key to a smoother, tighter looking skin.
If you are ready to improve the look of your stretch marks, call Dr. Shapiro’s Skin Klinic (480) 451-1700 to find out more about the benefits of Photofractional treatment.