Stretch marks are one of the most unique conditions plastic surgeons treat. Nothing to date has been developed that can truly remove stretch marks entirely; however, there are treatment options that can make stretch marks less noticeable. Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Atlanta, GA, performs stretch mark treatments to help dramatically reduce and improve the appearance of stretch marks in both men and women. Patients who undergo a stretch mark reduction procedure at Premier Image can look forward to excellent, long-lasting results.
Stretch Mark Reduction – Dr. Louis DeJoseph, Atlanta Georgia
How Are Stretch Marks Treated?
There are several types of stretch marks, but all stretch marks go through two different phases. Stretch marks that are red have just started to form. Stretch marks that nearly match the color of the skin have typically been present for a long time. Treating stretch marks early in their formation process is ideal. Treatment involves lightening the appearance of stretch marks and applying products that will prevent further formation. Treating stretch marks that have fully formed requires a different treatment approach. Fractional CO2 laser technology and a combination of microneedling and Radiesse injections are used to stimulate collagen production and heal damaged skin.
Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments with Dr. DeJoseph
Fractional CO2 laser stretch mark removal treatments are a popular and successful way to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The lasers target the middle layer of the skin, which is responsible for skin texture and color. This layer, known as the dermis, contains collagen fibers which can be damaged by weight gain or growth spurts. Laser therapy works by stimulating collagen production in this layer of skin to even out its texture and reduce discoloration.
The procedure works on a wide range of skin types and can produce results ranging from mild to a dramatic improvement in the appearance of stretch marks. During treatment, a fractional CO2 laser is used to apply microscopic columns of heat into the middle layer of the skin. These columns help stimulate collagen production, which can help improve elasticity and tone. The overall effect is smoother-looking skin with reduced scarring from stretch marks.
For best results, multiple treatments are recommended depending on the severity of your stretch marks and your individual skin type. In addition, your dermatologist may also recommend additional therapies such as chemical peels or laser resurfacing for optimal improvement in the appearance of your stretch marks over time.
Microneedling and Radiesse Injections
Microneedling and Radiesse injections are effective treatments for stretch marks, especially those that have developed on sensitive skin. Microneedling involves the use of a device with tiny needles to create small holes in the skin. This triggers a natural healing process which helps improve the production of collagen and elastin in the dermal layer of the skin. The result is smoother-looking skin, improved texture, and increased elasticity.
Radiesse injections are also used to reduce stretch marks as they help promote healthy skin by increasing elastin production in the deep dermal layers of our skin. This helps to break up scar tissue while stimulating new collagen and elastin production for improved elasticity and a more even tone.
These treatments are highly effective at reducing stretch marks but can cause some discomfort or sensitivity during treatment, depending on your individual needs. Patients must be evaluated by their doctor before undergoing any procedure that targets stretch mark reduction, as there may be other underlying causes that need to be addressed before starting treatment, such as genetics or hormonal imbalances.
Stretch mark Reduction Candidates
Candidates for stretch mark reduction treatments should be in good general health and have realistic expectations about the results. Those looking to reduce the appearance of stretch marks should also be looking for a long-term solution, as these treatments can take several sessions to achieve optimal results. Patients with deep or extensive stretch marks may require more aggressive treatments such as fractional CO2 laser therapy or a combination of microneedling and Radiesse injections to ensure desired results.
Stretch mark Reduction Recovery
Stretch mark reduction recovery time is variable and depends on the type of treatment used. Generally, patients can expect some redness or mild swelling for up to 24 hours after a procedure, which can be minimized with the use of cold compresses and avoiding direct sun exposure. Patients should also wear sunscreen to help protect their skin following treatment, as it will be more sensitive to UV rays. In addition, proper skin care and hydration are important for optimal results and can reduce overall downtime associated with stretch mark reduction treatments.
Stretch mark Reduction Results
Stretch mark reduction results vary depending on the severity of the stretch marks and the treatments used. Most patients can expect to see a noticeable improvement in skin texture and tone after multiple treatments, with some seeing dramatic results. Results may take several weeks to become apparent, and maintenance treatments may be needed to maintain desired results. It’s important for patients to understand that there is no guarantee that all stretch marks will be completely eliminated, but many are pleased with the visible improvement in their appearance following treatment.
Stretch Mark Reduction Consultation
During a stretch mark reduction consultation, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your skin type and the severity of your stretch marks and discuss your goals for treatment. During this time, they will also explain the potential risks and side effects associated with the treatments as well as the expected results. Your doctor may also take before photos to help you track progress during treatment. It’s important to ask any questions or voice any concerns you have before starting a treatment plan so that you feel comfortable and confident about your decision to undergo these treatments.
Stretch Mark Reduction FAQs
Every patient responds differently to treatment. There is no way of determining exactly how many treatments patients will need; however, the licensed laser technicians at Premier Image each have over 10 years of knowledge and experience in treating stretch marks. They will provide patients with an estimate of how many treatments will be necessary to provide them with the results they are looking for.
Very little discomfort or pain is felt during the procedure. Cold air is applied to ensure the skin stays cool and does not become inflamed. Ice may be applied as well. A local or topical anesthetic may be used to numb the area being treated. Swelling and discomfort immediately after the procedure may be treated using ice, elevation, and medication.
Stretch marks are caused by the over-stretching of skin. The most common causes of skin over-stretching include the following:
• Rapid growth during puberty
• Steroid medications
An important part of initial consultations at Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery are medical history reviews. The information that is obtained allows the provider to pinpoint the cause of stretch marks and let patients know how they can prevent existing stretch marks from becoming worse and new stretch marks from forming. This is a very important part of treatment.
Patients who are interested in maximizing their results should take note of the following recommendations:
• Follow post-procedure recovery instructions
• Use skin care products as directed by the provider
• Always apply sunscreen to the treated area when exposed to sunlight
Regularly exercising and eating a well-balanced diet is important. Smoking should be avoided.
Patients are asked to bring a list of the medications and herbal supplements they are currently on to their initial consultation. If steroid medications have been taken at any time, it helps to know the type and dosage of the medications.
If you live near Sandy Springs, GA, Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery offers stretch marks reduction among its services, and is conveniently located at 6085 Barfield Rd #100 Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Why Choose Premier Image
Dr. DeJoseph received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology, graduating Cum Laude in his class at King’s College. Subsequently, he received his doctorate of medicine from the College of Medicine at Penn State.
Dr. DeJoseph completed his residency in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and was one of only 38 surgeons selected worldwide to undergo further specialty training in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery in affiliation with Emory University here in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. DeJoseph is triple board certified in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery & laser surgery. He is a frequent lecturer to professional and civic groups, contributing author, and winner of many academic awards.