stretch mark treatment

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Stretch marks are caused by the skin stretching or shrinking quickly.  The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. Common causes of stretch mark formation are growth spurts, pregnancy, rapid weight loss or gain, and weight training resulting in rapid muscle growth.

Unfortunately, topical creams have not proven to be highly successful in the treatment of established stretch marks while used alone.  However, there are several in-office modalities that can be used alone or in combination to reduce their appearance.  These include:

  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser Therapy including CO2 resurfacing
  • Microneedling
  • PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy

It is important to be confident that your provider is experienced and well-versed in these procedures as a precise plan should be in place, and side effects, although uncommon, can occur.

This combination treatment of mechanical and chemical exfoliation is typically used to treat  skin issues such as moderate to severe sun damage and acne scarring.  The treatment is done in the same setting, and most often in a series of 3 to 6 treatments spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart.  A treatment may consist of a combination of any of the following:

    • Glycolic Acid Peel

    • Salicylic Acid Peel

    • Lactic Acid Peel

    • Blended Acid Peel

    • Microdermabrasion

    • Hydrafacial

    • Diamond Glow