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Stretch Marks

Stretch MarksMillions of women have stretch marks, which occur normally as a result of puberty, pregnancy, hormonal changes and weight gain. This fact does little to alleviate the embarrassment that most women feel at the appearance of these unsightly striations on their skin.  Stretch marks result from the breakdown of collagen in the skin. The reversal of stretch marks is impossible, but it is possible to provide some appearance improvement by gently resurfacing the skin and stimulating new collagen formation.

Until now, there were few options for stretch mark treatments. Fractional Resurfacing is to date is one of the more effective systems for improving the appearance of your stretch marks. For stretch mark treatment, the Palomar Lux1540 and Skinfinity RF hand piece deliver an array of high-precision microbeams to create deep, narrow columns of coagulation in the epidermis and dermis. This triggers a restorative natural healing process that creates healthy new tissue, including the deposition of new collagen.  The laser and radiofrequency energy both selectively alter damaged skin areas and stimulates the cells under the stretch mark to cause the fibroblasts to begin to divide again.

The regenerated new skin cells and the collagen thickening changes the stretch mark tissue until it more closely resembles the surrounding normal skin. Multiple sessions are needed to show visible improvement in the unsightly color and skin texture associated with stretch marks, leaving clients with smoother, better-looking skin.

Secondary treatments may consist of light based systems such as IPL when there is redness or possibly use of Microdermabrasion to provide light epidermal exfoliation.

Benefits for Our Patients:

  • Stretch mark improvement with no downtime
  • Smoother, better-looking skin
  • Improved tone and texture

Stretch Marks – Old and New, White and Red

There are two basic varieties of stretch marks: white and red. Older, mature stretch marks are commonly white or silver-colored; newer stretch marks tend to be reddish or purple in color.

Stretch marks closely resemble scars. In fact, stretch marks are the most common type of skin lesions. The majority of pregnant women get stretch marks. They also affect adolescent females and young males.

Stretch Mark Treatment

Stretch marks are treated with a series of procedures and different treatment modalities may be combined for optimal results. Four to six treatments may be required to show positive effects. Because the collagen response is seen over time, final treatment results are usually seen between 6 and 12 months after the last procedure.

Micro-needling has also been shown to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Dr. Serrão will discuss the best treatment options available for you and together, you will decide what treatment plan would be best for you to achieve your desired outcome.

Stretch Mark Removal FAQ’s

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks result from the breakdown of collagen in the skin that can occur as the skin stretches during pregnancy, weight gain or loss and growth spurts.

Are there different types of Stretch Marks?

There are two basic varieties of stretch marks: white and red. Older, mature stretch marks are commonly white or silver-colored; newer stretch marks tend to be reddish or purple in color.

Stretch marks closely resemble scars. In fact, stretch marks are the most common type of skin lesions. The majority of pregnant women get stretch marks. They also affect adolescent females and young males.

What is the treatment for Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks never completely go away, but laser and radiofrequency technology can be used to improve the appearance of the stretch marks and help you feel more confident.  Dr. John Serrão uses Palomar fractional non-ablative laser resurfacing, Skinfinity RF radiofrequency and Micro-needling for the treatment of stretch marks.  The benefit of treating your stretch marks with these technologies is that you experience little to no discomfort, and you can return to your normal activities shortly after treatment.

Are these stretch mark treatment procedures uncomfortable?

Some stretch mark treatments can produce a small level of heat as the laser and radiofrequency energies works to correct your stretchmark.  Most patients remain comfortable during the procedure with only a topical numbing agent and cooling.  We do offer additional forms of anesthesia should you require it to remain comfortable. After your procedure, you may experience a mild discomfort that lasts only a few days.

What areas of the body can you treat?

Stretch mark treatments are safe and effective for most of the locations where you may have stretch marks, including your abdomen, breast, back, arms, hips, buttocks and thighs.

What is the cost of these procedures for Stretch Marks?

The cost of any procedure varies from patient to patient dependent on the level of correction that is needed.  All of our fees will be discussed with you during your consultation and package pricing is offered.  You will find our fees to be very fair and competitive for the Orlando area. Several financing options are also available at Serrão Rejuvenation Center.  We welcome you to call our office for more details on fees and be sure to check our current specials.

Is there any downtime involved?

In some cases, Dr. Serrão may recommend that you rest for a day and avoid sun exposure, but most patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.  You should always use a high SPF sunscreen after your scar removal treatment and you will be given a complete list of post-care instructions.

How many treatments are required?

Each stretch mark treatment is unique to the patient and it will take a series of treatments at 4 to 6 week intervals to achieve the desired result.  During your consultation, Dr. Serrão discusses your treatment plan, including the number of sessions he recommends for your best possible outcome.

What other options are available to me for scar removal?

There are other options to treat stretch marks including micro-needling and topical lotions.  However, the different levels of treatment will also have different levels of improvement.  All of the options that are available to you will be discussed during your consultation wit Dr. Serrão.

Who is a good candidate for these Stretch Mark Treatments?

Any individual who desires an improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks is a candidate. Certain conditions and skin typing may impact the treatment options that can be safely used and pre-treatment care may be required to prepare the skin.  Dr. Serrão and his caring team at Serrão Rejuvenation Center provide our patients with the highest level of care using the most advanced techniques and procedures available.

How do I learn more about Stretch Mark Treatments?

Schedule a consultation to learn more about the stretch mark treatments we offer.  The educational consultation is of great importance at Serrão Rejuvenation Center and our patients find it to be very informative.  You will meet our caring team and tour our state-of-the art facility and AAAHC accredited surgical center.  Dr. Serrão and his cosmetic nurse, Larissa, are dedicated to answer all of your questions and will make you feel comfortable with their friendly demeanor. After reviewing your medical history, Dr. Serrão will listen to your concerns and expectations, perform a complete assessment, and educate you on the options that you have based on his expert recommendations. Together, you will develop a treatment plan that will fit your lifestyle and budget. You may chose to schedule the procedure at the time of your initial consultation, or you may decide at a later time. The consultation is about 30 minutes to one hour and the applicable fee will be applied towards the procedure or any purchase in our practice. Whatever your decision, it will be our pleasure to assist you in any way that we can.

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