Mention the words “stretch marks” and you will see mothers and people who have gained weight rapidly cringe all over the world. Stretch marks are caused when the skin is forced to stretch too quickly, usually during pregnancy, rapid muscle building, or weight gain, and the skin is “torn”, leaving scar tissue. These tears happen in the sub layers of the skin, not on the surface, but their appearance as pink or purple threads on the surface of the skin is noticeable. There are many oils and creams that claim to help heal and remove the signs of stretch marks, but they typically do not work once the marks are apparent. However, laser surgery stretch mark removal has shown promising results and it is an option for those who feel hindered by their stretch marks.
Stretch marks are not a health hazard, but many people feel they pose a cosmetic problem. This can lower a person’s self-image, which can cause undue stress and other problems. For these people, laser surgery for stretch marks may be the answer. Surgery can seem like an ominous word, but the procedure is relatively simple with few side effects or possible complications. If the surgery is performed by a licensed individual, there is little to nothing to worry about as far as problems go.
Laser surgery for stretch mark removal consists of a laser, a highly concentrated light beam that is used to remove extremely thin layers of your skin. This causes the scar tissue of your stretch marks to be removed at the same time, leaving you with an even layer of skin that will immediately begin to heal as new skin is created over all the damaged tissue. This treatment can last from ten minutes up to an hour, depending on the area of treatment and the severity of stretch marks. It is important to note that treatments last over multiple sessions, from two to six, depending on the individual case. During the treatment, there may be a slight pinching sensation or what feels like tiny needles working, but this is the laser working and the pain will be minimal or non-existent.
Side effects are possible, but rare, and they include scarring, bruising, blistering and swelling of the area being treated. If symptoms do occur, they will typically disappear within days or a couple weeks after the procedure. Pigment changes have also been known to occur, but this is rare and temporary. Complications from laser surgery for stretch marks are rare, but as with any procedure, treatment or surgery, they are possible and you should be aware of them before making a decision.
Laser surgery stretch mark removal can be costly and that is often the biggest downside. Depending on the severity of the case, treatments can range from $400 to $2,000 for each session. Multiply that by multiple sessions and you can easily see how this surgery can break the bank! Many reputable clinics and surgeons offer payment plans, but be aware of all terms and conditions before signing any contracts. In the end, if the surgery is right for you then be sure to research all facilities thoroughly before making a decision that could cost you time, money and well-being if made poorly.