Using Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing | Is it Worthwile?
Want to blast your stretch marks away without worrying about an invasive surgery or spending a couple of months applying a topical cream to the affected areas? Laser technology, which has mostly been associated with removing scars and wrinkles, can also be used to get rid of stretch marks through fractional laser skin resurfacing.
About Fractional Laser Treatment
Here’s a video of doctors talking about how these lasers work to eradicate marks:
These lasers are approved by the FDA and certainly work well. The doctors also mention using IPL for getting rid of the discoloration from marks and a surgical procedure that is often used in a Mommy Makeover which is used sometimes to treat marks.
Lasers vs Creams
The only thing that they said that we don’t agree with is their statement that stretch mark removal creams don’t work. Let’s be honest here, these physicians are essentially making an infomercial designed to convince people to use their clinic for pricey laser treatments. While creams are definitely slower, they DO work for most people when used regularly.
We’ve found that proper creams like TriLASTIN-SR stretch mark cream and Mederma work exceptionally well when used as directed and typically require 4-8 weeks before you’ll see improvement. Is it as fast as a laser?
Of course not, but it still works. So, if you’re a bit more patient and want to get results without having to spend a small fortune we strongly suggest trying a topical cream before going the laser route.
But if you prefer faster results and are capable of dropping several hundred dollars at a time (around $320 per session), fractional laser treatments can eliminate stretch marks quickly. It’s important to remember that you need 3-5 treatments to completely get rid of marks, though. These treatments usually take 30-45 minutes each.