What can I expect with treatment for stretch marks?
After a consultation and evaluation, Dr. Ostad will recommend a stretch mark treatment plan for you. Treatment options may include any of the following:
- Laser stretch mark removal: in this procedure, stretch marks are removed using laser skin resurfacing. It works by removing the outer skin layer with concentrated beams of light to help restructure the overlying skin. Two types of lasers may be used for skin resurfacing—ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers treat stretch marks by destroying the upper layer of skin, resulting in newly regenerated tissues that are smoother in texture and appearance. Non-ablative lasers target the deeper skin layers to promote new collagen growth.
- Microneedling: This treatment uses tiny needles to penetrate the surface layer of the skin, stimulating collagen production and repairing damaged skin. The needles are so small that they are painless. Microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a treatment in which growth factors from the patient's own blood is used to stimulate collagen, improving skin laxity, texture, and scarring.
- Microdermabrasion: this noninvasive treatment uses a handheld device to spray crystals onto the surface of the skin. This gently reduces the fine top layer, promoting new skin growth.
- Retinoid cream: Retin-A and other prescription-only retinoid creams may improve the appearance of stretch marks that are less than a few months old.