Sudden growth, weight gain or pregnancy have been known culprits that lead to stretch marks, a form of scarring often marked by its red and purple appearance which then turns silver and white over time if not treated. Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the deeper second layer of skin that is responsible for keeping the skin tight and elastic. When the dermis breaks down due to overstretching, it leaves behind these common marks. The marks of those who had just experienced a growth spurt, overweight or obese persons who had lost a significant amount of weight, or the marks of a new mother; but they do not have to be stuck with them forever.
Those who search for solutions may find lotions, coconut oil and other over-the-counter remedies are suggested, but it is rare they can erase the marks of a stretched dermis. Because it is a deeper layer a more effective and permanent treatment should be sought out. The V-Beam pulse dye laser can effectively treat the fresh, red stretch marks by gradually treating the skin 20 to 30 percent at a time. Because it is treats small sections of skin at a time, it allows for rapid healing and while four to five treatments are necessary to reach a patient’s cosmetic goals, they are worth your body back.
When stretch marks reach a silver and white appearance it is more of a challenge to treat. Fraxel’s fractional resurfacing technology is the most innovative approach to skin treatment. The device will treat 15 to 30 percent of skin during each session which will allow the skin to heal much faster than if it were treated all at once. This encourages the body’s natural healing process to create new in order to create new healthy skin tissue to replace the stretched, silvery-white marks. Four to five treatments are necessary to achieve the best results.
Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, a fellowship-trained dermatologist and leading authority in fractional laser resurfacing has trained more physicians with the Fraxel device than any other physician in the world. He has offices in Manhattan and Garden City, Long Island.