Stretch marks are a running parallel, fusiform band of pruned skin. Initially redness and swelling, then disappear. Occur without any symptoms sometimes occurs itching, burning. The formation of stretch marks is associated with the damage of fibroblast which create two types of proteins: collagen and elastin. They usually emerge at the level of the dermis. Collagen and elastin are present in the form of filamentous, form an orderly network and they give the skin its elasticity and firmness. Fibers, which are properly constructed are more flexible and stretch resisted while the dameged ones loose their properties. Mostly the appearance of stretch marks is associated with a sudden increase of body weight. Stretch marks are red or white bands, occurring most often on the chest, arms, thighs, buttocks or abdomen. Arranged perpendicularly to the direction of stretching of the skin.
For the stretch marks removal treatment we use Er: Yag Spectro Fotona SP wavelength 2940nm. Fotona’s erbium lasers uses this wavelength for minimally ablative fast treatments, removing damaged tissue trace elements, the result is a deep thermal effect. Non-ablative fractional treatments leave on the skin huge amounts of trace elements, which consist of hot and dead ends of the treated tissue. An excess of heat is trapped in the skin and causes unnecessary pain and discomfort. Hot remnants of tissue are removed from the skin thanks to a Fotona’ s fractionating head, thanks to this the pain is reduced and convalescence is accelerated. Clean microchannels have the same thermal impact zone as microchannels after thermal non – ablative fractional treatment, but it does not cause irritation, swelling or pain.
After finishing the surgery microchannels close and heal much faster than in the case of non-ablative fractional techniques. Laser Er: Yag Fotona Spectro SP allows reaching optimum results with minimal penetration of the laser beam. Thanks to laser we can do the epidermis or skin micron by micron ablation, with unmatched precision and control of the treatment, a higher level of patient comfort and faster recovery period. In addition to the features listed above we can also say that it is the fastest and safest laser on the market. It is equipped with innovative fractioning heads, which are minimally invasive and safely allow you to perform the treatment.
Effects that can be achieved thanks to treatment
Already after the first treatment the effects of improving the appearance of the skin are visible. However, if there is a lot of stretch marks and they are at the advanced level, it is necessary to perform further treatments. The treatments should be repeated after 6 months. Achieve the effect depends on many factors as for example genetic factors, elasticity and firmness of the skin.
Contraindications to the treatment:
- Some skin diseases as an example: Rosacea, Psoriasis
- tan, also a solarium 4 weeks before treatment and after treatment
- using of some medicines
- some viral changes
- Light-sensitizing medicines
- creams with retinol
- Some herbs like: calendula , St John´s – wort
Patient’s proceedings before laser stretch mark removal treatment
Before the treatment, you should not: tanning for 4 weeks before treatment, using exfoliating treatments on affected area, such as peels a week before treatment, drink alcohol the day of the treatment, you should shave affected area a day before the treatment, wash off all the cosmetics from the skin, in the case of drugs: anticoagulants, steroids, photosensitizing, should be set aside (if that is possible) 7 days prior to treatment, and then you can use it again after 14 days after treatment.
It is not recomended using of soaps, lotions, alcoholic spirits, you should not exfoliate your skin, do not wipe the treated areas with a towel or sponge or irritate them.
Patient’s proceedings after laser stratch mark removal treatment
After the treatment is not recommended to use the sauna or hot bath for about 14 days, sunbathing for 4 weeks after completed treatment. If treatment was performed on the face sunscreen SPV 30 should be used for 4 weeks. The use of cosmetics is allowed 24 hours after treatment, but it should be alcohol free. After 2 months you should come back for a control visit.