Scars & Stretch Marks
Scars and stretch marks are permanent marks on the skin that may be the result of an injury, acne blemishes or too-rapid skin growth. They can appear anywhere on the body, and very visible scars or stretch marks are often the cause of self-consciousness about your appearance. Our dermatology practice can help New York patients who are looking for a solution to minimize the appearance of scars or stretch marks through laser scar removal.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 if you’re ready to learn more about laser scar and stretch mark removal. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the look that you deserve.
Scarring occurs as part of the body’s natural healing process following damage to the skin. A scar may manifest after an accident or other trauma, from medical conditions like acne or other skin conditions and even following surgery. Even seemingly harmless events like getting your ears pierced may leave scars behind. The scarring process is actually designed to aid the body in healing a wound.
Stretch marks or striae are a form of scarring on the skin. Stretch marks are a result of the skin rapidly stretching, which is common in puberty, pregnancy, or body-building, and may also be influenced by hormonal changes. Although the skin is usually fairly elastic, when it is overstretched, the normal production of collagen is disrupted, causing stretch marks to form.
Stretch marks may appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. Most common places are the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, hips, and buttocks. Other types of scars can occur anywhere, and in response to virtually any trauma or injury.
How Lasers Help Remove Scars and Stretch Marks
Lasers are currently one of the most effective treatments for addressing minor scars and stretch marks. VBeam® pulsed dye laser is a very good treatment to remove the redness in the stretch marks, while the Fraxel® Dual laser delivers excellent results treating difficult stretch marks in New York women, particularly after pregnancy.
When the stretch marks are red, lasers can be highly effective at reducing discoloration and inflammation. The pulsed dye laser is the treatment of choice for this kind of problem. Lasers act by isolating a unique beam of light. The VBeam® pulsed dye laser is uniquely designed to be effective against this type of stretch mark or scar in the skin. The laser also induces collagen growth and remodeling which improves the overall texture of your skin.
The latest development in the treatment of stretch marks is fractional laser therapy. A series of laser treatments with the Fraxel® 1550 nm over a period of several months improves the texture and surface of the skin, minimizing the scar with each successive treatment. By creating several passes with fractionated technology, there is no need for painful injections or anesthesia. This is a completely painless procedure with little recovery time.
The eMatrix™ Sublative Rejuvenation system has been revolutionary in removing scars in persons of color. Through advanced radiofrequency technology acne scars and surgical scars can be improved and new collagen stimulated.
If you’re frustrated with the appearance of scars or stretch marks, there’s finally a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether laser scar and stretch mark removal may be right for you.