Recently there has been a great interest in both the medical literature and the media concerning the laser treatment of stretch marks. Stretch marks present as unsightly red to white areas, which occur commonly on the abdomen, arms, chest, and thighs.

The cause of stretch marks is basically unknown but can result from pregnancy, weight gain, trauma and most likely has hormonal influences. In essence, stretch marks represent a dermal scar in which the connective tissue (i.e. collagen and elastin) within the dermis is disrupted. After Pulsed Dye laser treatment, sophisticated studies show both photographic and computer-analyzed improvements in stretch marks. It is important to point out that many treatments are necessary in order to improve stretch marks and that most do not completely resolve. It is clear that Pulse Dye laser therapy of stretch marks (laser stretch mark removal) is safe and can be an effective treatment.

Recently, topical Retin-A has been reported to improve early red stretch marks. In a paper reported in the Archives of Dermatology, investigators found that the early treatment of red or pink stretch marks with Retin-A resulted in some improvement. No improvement was noted in mature “white stretch marks.” It would appear that Retin-A also may be of some benefit in the treatment of early pink stretch marks.

Millions of women have stretch marks, which occur normally as a result of puberty, pregnancy, hormonal changes and weight gain. This fact does little to alleviate the embarrassment that most women feel at the appearance of these unsightly striations on their skin.

Until now there were few options for stretch mark treatments. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared Palomar’s fractional laser treatment for stretch marks, practitioners now have an excellent aesthetic alternative for their clients.

Palomar’s fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing laser helps minimize the appearance of stretch marks with little to no downtime. The Lux1540 laser handpiece can improve the unsightly color and skin texture associated with stretch marks, leaving clients with smoother, better-looking skin.

For stretch mark treatment, the Lux1540 handpiece delivers an array of high-precision microbeams to create deep, narrow columns of coagulation in the epidermis and dermis. This triggers a restorative natural healing process that creates healthy new tissue, including the deposition of new collagen.

Benefits for Clients:

• Stretch mark improvement with little to no downtime

• Smoother, better-looking skin

• Improved tone and texture of the stretch mark

Benefits for Practitioners:

• Usually no anesthesia required

• Minimal procedure preparation with easy cleanup

• Advanced design enhancements

• Smooth Pulse delivery controls heat to help reduce pain