Unsightly scars and stretch marks, or striae, have presented problems for men and women for centuries.

What causes scars & stretch marks?

Scars form as part of the skin’s healing process whenever multiple layers of skin are injured. The injury may be the result of an accident, surgery, a burn or even severe acne.

While the exact cause of stretch marks is unknown, it is thought that striae are the result of your skin’s collagen and elastin breaking down under stress. Pregnancy and weight gain are the leading causes of stretch marks. Stretch marks occur most frequently in areas of mechanical stress such as the breasts, abdomen, thighs, groin or buttocks. In the beginning, stretch marks are red. They turn white as part of the healing process.

New Technology

Today, Chemical peels, Microneedling and IPL are available to treat a wide variety of scars and stretch marks. These new technologies stimulates the skin under the scar and causes the fibroblasts in the skin to begin to divide again. It also stimulates the production of collagen. This thickens the skin under the scar until it closely resembles the surrounding normal skin.

What should you expect after treatment?

Results vary from patient to patient and may not be immediate. Results from these scar and stretch mark treatments are generally progressive and require multiple treatments. Newer and shallower stretch marks and scars respond better than older and deeper scars and stretch marks.

Chemical peels, Microneedling and IPL treatments has been shown to improve or eliminate red or raised scars. Recent studies have demonstrated that Microneedling and IPL treatments stimulate the production of collagen and improve or eliminate the appearance of stretch marks.

Additional studies show that the appearance of stretch marks continues to improve over a period of time ranging from 1 to 6 months after the treatment was given.

The downtime

The skin in the immediate treatment area may be red for up to some days, but it does not usually cause any discoloration or other markings on the skin.