Stretch marks in genetically susceptible individuals are usually the result of weight gain, pregnancy, puberty, or rapid increase in muscle mass. Stretch marks are usually red early on and take on a whitish color as they mature. The appearance of stretch marks ultimately depends on the color of your skin; they can start out pink, reddish brown, brown, or dark brown, and fade over time to a more silvery color. It is important to treat the skin at the first signs of stretch marks. Futile attempts to rub oils, creams, and cocoa butters over the stressed area will leave most frustrated and hopeless to achieve tighter, smoother skin. Over the counter and prescription creams are not effective for treatment of stretch marks because they do not penetrate deep enough on the skin to address the damaged skin.

Fraxel laser treatments can significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks by encouraging collagen production in the dermis, a deep layer of the skin that creates elasticity. When the skin is overstretched, it loses its ability to snap back into place. Over time the skin will stay where its been stretched even after weight is lost or post-pregnancy.

Multiple treatments (4-5) are needed to achieve optimal results. This is an outpatient procedure, only requiring the topical application of an anesthetic cream. Side effects are limited to some sunburn-like redness that will resolve in 1-2 days. The amazement is not only in the results of the laser but the speedy recovery, with almost no risk of complications and no downtime.

Fraxel™ technology may be a new paradigm for skin rejuvenation and reversing the signs of aging and will revolutionize the world of skin rejuvenation.