Stretch marks are clinically called striae distensae. Until recently, very little could be done for stretch marks. Historically, the only reliable way to eliminate stretch marks was to surgically remove them (for example, with a tummy tuck), which left scars of its own. Then, in 1996, Dr.McDaniel reported that a pulsed-dye laser (PDL) could successfully treat stretch marks1. The PDL became the gold standard treatment, but time marches on and science continues to advance.
In May of 2011, medical researchers reported finding a new laser that was surprisingly effective against stretch marks in people with medium-toned skin (Fitzpatrick types II-IV) 2.
This particular study was impressive because it tested the laser on over 50 people, in many different areas of the body, and on stretch marks that were up to 40 years old! Most of the stretch marks treated in this particular study were 3-20 years old, so it’s not too late to do something about them. Improvements do take some time to become visible, but this study showed that this laser treatment helped stimulate production of new collagen and elastin to help improve the appearance of in the stretch marks, sometimes in as little as 3 months. The Palomar Lux1540™ non-ablative laser has received the first fractional clearance by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of striae (stretch marks).
The best news for you is that this is a service that we offer! And if you’re still interested in the studies, you can find links below to the summaries of the original articles.
2. de Angelis, F., L. Kolesnikova, F. Renato, and G. Liguori, Fractional nonablative 1540-nm laser treatment of striae distensae in Fitzpatrick skin types II to IV: clinical and histological results. Aesthet Surg J 2011; 31:411-9.