Stretch marks can be difficult to conceal, especially if they are located in areas where the skin is rather thin. The darkened tissue cannot be replaced by healthier growth because the cells tend to reproduce themselves perfectly. The best way to get rid of them is to treat them using a specially designed laser tool.
Fractionated CO2 laser therapy, which uses a carbon dioxide laser, is a popular treatment method because the long wavelength produced by this instrument easily targets darker tissue.
At Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery, we use this treatment method on our patients who have injury scars and stretch lines on the face, neck or back.
What is Fractionated CO2 Laser Treatment?
Deeper wrinkles and stretch marks are difficult to reach with pulsed light or a laser beam that produces energy of a shorter wavelength. These treatments work better on superficial scars and non-set wrinkles.
A CO2 laser has a longer wavelength and will safely penetrate to the deeper skin layers without harming the cells of the epidermis.
Fractionated laser beams are pixilated, meaning that the beam is broken up into a multitude of thin shafts of light. Each shaft treats a small channel of tissue.
The body responds by sending nutrients to the affected area, and the adjacent skin tissue – which is unaffected – begins to reproduce itself. After several weeks, the affected skin has been replaced by healthy tissue growth.
The existing collagen in the affected area is shrunk by the light energy. Although this sounds like a bad thing, it actually stimulates collagen production.
How to Prepare for Treatment
We look closely at the stretch mark and determine its depth, as well as the density and color of the tissue. The deeper the stretch mark, the more effective the treatment will be.
This type of laser treatment is recommended for deep stretch marks because the treating of the tissue results in an ongoing process of skin rejuvenation. The results won’t be noticeable for two weeks or so, but the skin replacement continues for quite some time.
Is This the Treatment for You?
If you have permanent stretch marks, you may be an ideal candidate for fractionated CO2 laser treatments. This is becoming one of the most popular methods for dealing with unsightly stretch marks or set wrinkles on the face and other areas of the body.
With locations in Indianapolis, Santa Rosa, Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery is here to help you every step of the way in your journey to removing stretch marks. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.