The Striae Distensae or stretch marks is a challenging problem. They form deep within the dermis layer. This happens as a result when skin undergoes rapid stretching, the stress causes damage to skin connective tissue. When the body starts healing these tears, small red scars form which gives the appearance of stretch marks. Over the period of time, these turn into stubborn white colored stretch marks.
These stretch marks appear as smooth bands and slowly develop into narrow streaks and lines. Depending on skin tone they can also appear as red or purple but with a period of time they fade leaving white, pale marks. Stretch marks can develop due to pregnancy, rapid weight gain, obesity, puberty, weight lifting or certain medical conditions.
At. Dr. Nivedita Dadu Dermatology Clinic, we are equipped with advanced laser technologies that are designed to specifically work on the stretch marks. The protocols are carved to not only treat stretch marks but also significantly improves overall skin tone, elasticity, and texture. The treatment is intended to resurface the chosen area of the skin. Unlike traditional non-ablative laser, this does not remove the complete skin layer, instead creates selective small perforations in the skin leaving surrounding tissue intact, thus reduces the downtime of treatment and helps skin heals faster as epidermis regenerates.
The micro injuries created during the procedure will start the healing process as collagen remodels, skin tightens and texture improves. This protocol is completely safe. During treatment, patient can feel mild heat sensation for about couple of hours and then virtually no discomfort at all. The patient can witness downtime of about 5 days, minor scabbing can happen which will eventually fall off within 5 days on its own.
Dr. Nivedita Dadu, recommends successive sessions depending on the patient condition to visualize effective results and improvement will happen gradually.