I actually mourned my belly after my first baby was born. It was easily one of the best features of my twenty-something body. After the birth of my first son, it resembled that of a stretch mark massacre. Long gone are the days of the itty bitty bikini.
If you have had a similar experience and continue, like me, to hide beneath your swimsuit cover-up, I can provide you with some hope! There are many treatments available today to help reduce stretch marks. Learn how dermatologist, Dr. Asarch, recommends treating your stretch marks… and in time for SUMMER!
Reduce Stretch Marks with Fractional Skin Resurfacing
STRETCH MARKS HAVE YOU KEEPING THE COVER-UP ON? Let your Summer Skin Show.
There is still time to treat stretch marks before you slip on your sundresses, shorts and bathing suits! Dr. Asarch of the Asarch Center for Dermatology and Laser in Denver, CO suggests a new laser treatment called Fractional Skin Resurfacing. This procedure regenerates skin cells and stimulates collagen to create a more uniform skin surface. Clinical evaluations have shown up to a 75% improvement in treated stretch marks three months after the last treatment. Fractional Skin Surfacing is a non-ablative laser, meaning the overlying skin is left intact. Stretch marks are caused by a breakdown of collagen.
Whether from pregnancy or weight changes, stretch marks resemble scars- with newer stretch marks ranging from red to purple in color and older stretch marks appearing white or almost silver in tone. “I recommend the Palomar 1540 laser for the first treatment to diminish stretch marks.” says Dr. Asarch, M.D. This FDA-approved laser is effective for both scars and stretch marks. If redness or dis-coloration persist after treatment with Fractional Skin Resurfacing, other options may be recommended including use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser.
What treatments have you used to reduce stretch marks and help you feel more self confident with your body?