FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a stretch mark and how are they caused?

Stretch marks are a common problem faced by both men and women. Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin with an off colour hue. Stretch marks are often the result from rapid weight gain or loss, rapid growth or can be caused by hormonal changes due to puberty, pregnancy, muscle building or hormone replacement therapy. Some skin types are more susceptible to stretch marks than others and for some patients the marks can be quite noticeable as raised white or red lines found on the arms, stomach, thighs or breast area.

Do stretch marks fade?

Over time, skin that has been stretched will contract, causing skin layers that were once rapidly moved apart to slowly return to their natural position. As a result, some stretch marks will begin to fade and slowly change from darkly-coloured streaks to silver-white lines.

But whilst some stretch marks may become less noticeable over time, they will never naturally fade completely from view. Some skin types can be more susceptible to dark stretch marks that fade very little, even over a long period of time.

While stretch marks may fade naturally over time, many patients who feel conscious of their stretch marks may wish to speed up the natural fading process by turning to stretch mark

Several sessions of fractional laser therapy can be used, over time, to dramatically fade away dark or silver-white stretch marks on the arms, stomach, thighs or breasts.

Are stretch marks as a result of pregnancy common, can you treat them?

pregnant-womanWhile giving birth may be a wonderful and life-changing experience, many new mums are often left with noticeable stretch marks, which tend to develop during pregnancy.

As a baby develops, at least one in ten pregnant women will find that the skin around their stomach stretches rapidly, leading to the development of darkly-coloured stretch marks.

Though stretch marks are a body change many women experience during pregnancy, many mothers worry about the appearance of their stretch marks long past pregnancy and feel unable to wear revealing clothes or swimwear without first turning to stretch marks removal.

The fractional laser is ideal for busy mums, it removes pregnancy stretch marks by targeting damaged skin in concentrated bursts, spread over multiple sessions. Approaching stretch marks removal in this way also minimises the recovery time needed by the body following stretch mark removal, ensuring busy mums can return to caring for their baby straight away.

The fractional laser stretch mark medically proven to reduce the appearance of stretch marks by up to 75 per cent, fractional laser therapy uses microscopic laser spots to remove damaged skin and promote the growth of healthy tissue.

How many Laser treatments do I need to have?

A treatment course of four Laser treatments is recommended for best results. Many patients notice an improvement after only one Laser treatment but for most effective results research shows four Laser treatments are optimum. This said, the number of treatments is largely dependent on the severity of the stretch mark prior to treatment.

How long does the treatment take?

The Laser treatment takes approximately 45 minutes (the time will depend on the size of the area being treated) and we recommend four to six weeks between each of your treatments.

What will the area look like post laser treatment?

After the Laser treatment, the area is initially red and swollen. This will reduce over approximately 7 days and the stretch mark reduces in appearance.

Can all skin colour be treated by the Fractional Laser?

The Laser treatment is suitable for most skin types. It is not suitable for dark skins (classified as type 5 or 6 using the Fitzpatrick scale).

How much does the laser stretch mark treatment cost?

The price will depend on the size of the area being treated.