Stretch Marks Treatment with Fraxel
- Length: 15-45 minutes
- Anesthesia: topical (ointment)
- In/Outpatient: outpatient
- Side Effects: “light sunburn,” pinkness, dryness, flaking, mild swelling
- Risks: pigment changes, burns, scars (rare), tanning issues
Return to work: 1-2 days
Light exercise: 1 week
Swelling completely resolves: 3-5 days
Fraxel can be used safely and effectively on a number of skin conditions, including wrinkles, acne scarring and stretch marks. The fractional laser treatment targets the cells below the surface to repair your skin from the inside out. Dr. Benchetrit and our team use Fraxel to stimulate the production of collagen for smoother, more beautiful skin. If you are bothered by stretch marks around your body, consider a Fraxel stretch marks treatment at our practice.
About Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are the result of weight loss or weight gain, pregnancy or surgery that causes the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin to break down. Stretch marks can be red, white, brown or purple in color. People have been trying to treat stretch marks for many decades, using creams, injections and other products, but with little success. Fractionated lasers, such as Fraxel, have proven to be the most effective devices to date for this condition.
A Fraxel Treatment Session: What to Expect
Fraxel is a fractionated laser resurfacing system. Fractionated lasers break up the laser beam into thousands of “mini-beams” which penetrate the skin more deeply but are far less damaging than regular lasers. In addition to reducing the appearance of cellulite, it is an excellent skin rejuvenation treatment. During treatment, one of our medical estheticians or nurses will direct the Fraxel handpiece at the problem area; the handpiece will emit thousands of microscopic laser columns to treat a small portion of the skin at a time. Essentially, the laser beam injures the tissue in a specific pattern, setting off the body’s natural healing process and stimulating the production of fresh, healthy skin cells, including fibroblasts, which produce new collagen, and melanocytes, which produce pigment. The tissue in between the micro-beams is not affected, which cuts down on the healing time and side effects compared to a regular laser. You may experience sunburn-like symptoms — such as pinkness, dryness and flaking — but these will disappear within a few days and you will be able to return to work and your normal routine quickly. The new collagen and pigment stimulated by the Fraxel treatment helps to thicken and re-pigment the stretch-marked skin.
Depending on your specific situation, you may need several Fraxel sessions to achieve your desired results. Dr. Benchetrit and our team will consult with you prior to starting treatment to identify your problem areas and develop a suitable protocol.
Learn More about Fraxel
To learn more about fractional skin surfacing with Fraxel technology, contact Montreal plastic surgeon Arie Benchetrit at 514-695-7450. During your appointment, you can learn about the many non-surgical body contouring procedure available, including UltraShape V3 or VelaShape.