If you have stretch marks, you’re not alone. This unsightly condition impacts many people, especially women. While harmless, stretch marks may be a source of self-consciousness. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we offer a variety of treatments that will help fade your stretch marks, making them much less visible.
The best way to learn about your stretch mark treatment options is to speak with one of our board-certified dermatologists in person. Please call 212-688-5882 to schedule an appointment at our Manhattan office or 718-729-8512 to schedule an appointment at our Woodside office.
What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a streak-like scar that forms when you experience rapid body growth. This causes your skin to stretch quickly and as a result, the collagen and elastin which provide support to your skin rupture.
While stretch marks are most common in women, anyone can get them if they experience growth that causes significant stretching of their skin. Stretch marks look like streaky, rippled lines in your skin. They initially have a red, purple or pink appearance. Over time, the color will fade, but the rippled lines in your skin will remain.
You can develop stretch marks in the following areas:
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks commonly develop in women during pregnancy due to the extensive stretching that occurs in your skin as your body grows to accommodate the baby. In addition, elevated hormone levels during pregnancy weaken the fibers in your skin, making stretch marks even more prominent.
Other common causes of stretch marks include:
- Growth spurts during puberty
- Consuming corticosteroid medications
- Medical conditions such as Marfan syndrome or Cushing’s syndrome
In addition, you may be more likely to develop stretch marks if you have a family history of them.
Am I a Candidate for Stretch Mark Removal?
Ideal stretch mark removal candidates:
- Are able to maintain a healthy, stable weight
- Have visible stretch marks they would like to eliminate
- Are done having children (future pregnancies can result in the development of new stretch marks)
Stretch Mark Treatment Options
At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we offer the latest and most advanced stretch mark treatment options. The right solution for you will depend on your unique needs and goals. During your consultation, our dermatologists will recommend the best treatment plan to deliver the beautiful results you desire.
SmartXide DOT CO2 Laser
CO2 lasers deliver exceptional skin resurfacing results, and they are very effective at improving the appearance of stretch marks. The SmartXide DOT CO2 laser will remove tiny amounts of damaged skin throughout the treatment region. This will stimulate the production of collagen and provide skin tightening benefits.
The DOT technology is highly precise, and the skin surrounding the treatment area won’t be impacted. This ensures a rapid recovery. In addition, our dermatologists can customize the pattern of the dots and the intensity of the treatment based on the severity of your stretch marks.
After you heal, your skin will have a more even tone and texture, providing a more uniform appearance.
Microneedling is an effective way to improve the appearance of stretch marks. We use the Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling device, which creates tiny injuries in the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. The radiofrequency heat generated during your treatment will also deliver skin tightening benefits.
Pulsed Dye Laser
In situations where your stretch marks are a red color, pulsed dye laser treatment may provide an effective solution. This laser is frequently used to fade red skin discoloration.
During your treatment, the laser energy will heat red blood vessels contained in your stretch marks, causing them to break apart and be absorbed by your body’s natural processes. This will restore your natural skin tone. The precision of the Cynergy595 pulsed dye laser ensures that the skin surrounding the treatment area is unharmed.
Contact our NYC Dermatologists
Please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center using the form on this page to schedule a stretch mark removal consultation. Call 212-688-5882 for an appointment at our Manhattan office or 718-729-8512 for an appointment at our Woodside office. We serve patients in NYC and nationwide.