What are Stretch Marks, Why do They Occur?
Stretch marks may develop during pregnancy or following rapid weight gain and are caused by rapid expansion of skin. Early on, stretch marks tend to be red or purplish and later may appear dark or white in color with wrinkled streaks. These marks are not dangerous, but they can be unsightly and make you self-conscious. Stretch marks are solely a cosmetic issue and pose no health risks at all.
Treatments for Stretchmarks
Paul M. Friedman, M.D. in Houston, Texas safely and effectively treats stretch marks. He commonly utilizes the pulsed-dye and Fraxel® lasers to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The pulsed-dye laser reduces redness and the Fraxel® laser stimulates new collagen growth and fills the stretch mark from the bottom up. The laser energy is absorbed in the skin and stimulates the production of new collagen. As this new collagen thickens the skin, it fills in the stretch mark.
Who’s A Good Candidate for Laser Treatment?
We have found that the patients who respond best to laser treatment are those with a fair complexion and light pigmentation and those patients with shallow stretch marks. Dr. Friedman will discuss this with you at the time of your consultation.
If you are self-conscious about your stretch marks and would like to have them minimized or removed, please contact Paul M. Friedman, M.D. in Houston, Texas today to schedule your initial consultation.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have stretch marks, there is help available to you. One of our doctors at the Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center in Houston, Texas will evaluate your condition and then determine which treatment plan would best suit your individual needs. Please contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation.