Staying smooth doesn’t have to stop at hair removal, it can also be applied to perfecting the texture and pigmentation of the skin. Stretch marks typically appear on the inner thighs or the inside of knees, but can also develop on the hips, stomach, arms and chest area from growth spurts during puberty, certain diseases, medications, excessive weight gain or pregnancy. At first, they may appear pink, red or purple because of the broken blood vessels in the top layer of skin, which eventually heal, but if left untreated, will turn into silvery-white indented scars. Laser treatments are effective for diminishing the appearance of both new and old stretch marks. The pulse dye V-Beam laser is used to treat the newly fresh stretch marks by emitting a concentrated beam of light at a specific wavelength, which destroys the damaged blood vessels that cause red and purple pigment.
The only type of treatment that is proven to effectively treat older, deeper stretch marks is Fraxel, a laser therapy procedure that has been the gold-standard in fractional laser technology. The older stretch marks appear white because it disrupts the dermis, where both collagen and pigment production occur, which is precisely why Fraxel laser treatments are a necessary treatment step. Fraxel resurfaces and rejuvenates skin by administering tiny areas of micro-damage to stimulate collagen production and replace the damaged area with new, healthy skin cells. Collagen is the key connective protein found in the dermis, and is responsible for the structure, strength, firmness and overall tightness of the skin.