How do scars and stretch marks
Scars and stretch marks develop as a result of
disruption of the integrity of the dermis, which is the deeper layer of skin.
The appearance of scars and stretch marks is due to bands of collagen which the
body lays to form strong bonds in order to hold the skin together where it was
once cut, as seen in surgery and trauma. Stretch marks are similar to
scars in that there is pulling of the skin, leading to small linear scars, but
there is no actual separation of the skin as with true scar formation.
Stretch marks appear after the skin is stretched excessively such as in
pregnancy, spurt of growth during puberty, rapid weight gain, and in body
How does laser remove scars
and stretch marks?
Since the etiology of scars and stretch marks are the same, they
are treated with the same laser technique. A special laser beam is
transmitted through the skin which loosens the collagen fibers, thus loosening
the essence of the scar or stretch mark. The laser energy also creates a
mild inflammation in the dermis structures which causes the body to restructure
the area and create newer skin. This is time leads to disappearance of
the scar and stretch marks. Final results are achieved gradually over
several laser treatments.
How long does each treatment
Depending on the size and location of the body to be treated,
between 10-30 minutes.
How many treatments are
The number of treatments required depends on several factors
related to your specific skin type and color. Usually five to six treatments
spread out a month apart are required to achieve satisfactory
Does it hurt? What does the treatment feel like?
Each pulse of laser feels like a slight sting or pinch, similar to
the snap of a rubber band. Our lasers use a special
cooling device which uses a computer controlled cryogen applicator to cool the
skin temperature and keep it at a constant temperature at al times. This minimizes pain during treatment. Topical anesthetic creams may also be used but most people
don't require it.
How soon can I resume my daily activities?
You can resume all of your daily activities immediately after
treatment. You should however avoid sun exposure
for 4-6 weeks and wear a sunblock on a daily basis.
Can all skin types and color
Yes, our state of the art lasers offer you customized treatment
according to your skin color and texture.
Are there any possible side
Side effects are rare. You may experience some slight reddening or
local swelling at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within
hours. On rare occasions, some blistering or bruising may occur, but typically
resolves quickly. The skin may also become lighter or darker following
treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks. Limiting sun
exposure before and after treatments will minimize risk of complications.
What do I need to do before
Avoid sun exposure for about 4-6 weeks prior to
treatment. Wear a daily sunblock
lotion. Avoid smoking and exposure to cigarette
Can you undergo
microdermabrasion treatments along with laser treatments?
Yes, and this will actually give you much better
results. The doctor will schedule your treatments
in a manner as to maximize the benefit from both
Can you use any special
Yes, we offer a special cream (called: skin-telligent) which can
be used in combination with laser treatment which will actually give you much
better results in removing stretch marks and scars.
The doctor can explain this further for you.
How much does it
Prices vary for each patient depending on the type of laser procedure, area of
the body to be treated, and the number of treatments needed. We strive to
offer the LOWEST PRICES for all cosmetic
laser procedures as compared to other clinics. Our affordable
prices assure that nearly everyone can have
the new look they have always wanted. Come in today for your free
consultation and you will be amazed as to how affordable we truly are.