Stretch marks most commonly appear on the abdomen, often as a result of pregnancy or weight gain. They develop when the connective fibers of the skin are stretched beyond its capacity and the body’s natural collagen production is disrupted. A common cosmetic concern among women, stretch marks can be treated in a number of different ways.
With an abdominoplasty, frequently referred to as a tummy tuck, stretch marks can be eliminated by excising redundant skin from the lower abdomen. As an added benefit, tummy tuck surgery can also tighten any stretched or torn abdominal muscles, resulting in a firmer, more toned appearance. An abdominoplasty can either be performed on its own or as part of a full mommy makeover for a more comprehensive rejuvenation.
It’s important to note that not all patients who wish to minimize the appearance of stretch marks need surgery. Dr. Semira Bayati also offers laser skin treatments that can effectively minimize signs of stretch marks and stimulate new healthy tissue growth. The color and texture of the skin can be significantly improved with this non-surgical procedure, and there is often little to no downtime required. Multiple laser sessions can be used to maximize the results of this stretch mark treatment.
An innovative device called the Eclipse MicroPen™ can also diminish the appearance of stretch marks by stimulating collagen and elastin regeneration. Using a process called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), the Eclipse MicroPen™ can enhance the overall texture and tone of the skin. The treatment usually takes only 15-30 minutes to complete and entails minimal downtime. Results typically take a few weeks to become fully realized. As an added benefit, this stretch mark treatment can be performed on numerous areas of the body where stretch marks are present.
During the consultation process, Dr. Bayati will recommend which procedure can best meet your individual needs and expectations.