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Treatment for Stretch Marks

The dermis is the deepest and thickest layers of the skin and provides support, strength and elasticity. If the dermis expands too much or too fast, it can break, split or rupture. These breaks in the dermis cause stretch marks, also known as striae. The use of steroid medications can dissolve the collagen in the dermis and cause stretch marks without tension or pulling of the skin. The StarLux® fractional laser uses pulses of light to break down stretch marks and triggers production of new collagen. The new collagen can leave the stretch mark smoother in texture and less visible in appearance. Stretch mark treatment with the StarLux® laser is an option for all skin types.

Frequently Asked Questions About Stretch Mark Treatment
with the StarLux® Laser:

  1. Am I a good candidate for stretch mark treatment with the StarLux® laser?

    Your provider will discuss with you whether you are a good candidate for StarLux® laser treatment during your consultation. Multiple StarLux® laser treatments at least 3-4 weeks apart may be needed for optimal results.
  2. How quickly will I recover after stretch mark treatment with the StarLux® laser?

    People typically resume their regular activities immediately after the treatment session. It is typical to experience a temporary redness and swelling of the stretch mark which may last a few days. Your provider will discuss other potential side effects with you during your consultation. New collagen production reaches its peak at 3 months. It will take about 6 months after your last StarLux® laser treatment to see a final result.
  3. What will the StarLux® laser treatment feel like?
    Most people feel minimal pain during the stretch mark treatment with the StarLux® laser. You can discuss pain management options with your provider during your consultation.

StarLux Laser for Stretch Mark Treatment Photos




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Boston, MA 02118
Call: 617.414.COSM (2676)
Email: cosmetic.clinic@bmc.org

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