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Is there a procedure that is noninvasive or minimally invasive that can eliminate stretch marks?

Question posted by CelticCanuck from Windsor, ON

I have very noticeable stretch marks on my inner thighs. Is there a way to get rid of them, or reduce their appearance that doesn’t require surgery?

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3 thoughts on “Is there a procedure that is noninvasive or minimally invasive that can eliminate stretch marks?

  • Dear CelticCanuck,  Thank you for your clinical post.  Stretch marks are one of the most common complaints that we receive and until recently there were really no good therapeutic interventions that achieved a degree of approval that was generally worth the investment.  Recently, we’ve had new technologies that can significantly reduce stretch marks in a minimum invasive fashion.  The treatments generally involve combination therapy with non-invasive fractional infrared lasers that will stimulate and remodel the collagen.  These fractional infrared lasers can be combined with Picosecond lasers such as the PicoSure and fractional radio frequency devices to get the best “through the skin” restoration of collagen will last in ground substances. Additional treatments include under the skin radio frequency heating with products like FaceTite and Thermi RF combined with propulsive injectable treatments called Innerject to achieve significant rejuvenation.  This approach to combination therapy has made stretch mark patients much more apt to be quite happy with moderate significant improvement in stretch marks also called atrophic stratum.  The areas that stretch marks can be treated includes stretch marks of the extremities such as the shoulders, arms, growth stretch marks and expansion stretch marks of the breast and belly as well as the hips and thighs.

    These techniques and technologies are not skin tight dependent meaning that even individuals with darker skin can get stretch marks and stretch mark improvements.  I hope this information has been of some assistance and best of luck.

    To find out more, please visit our stretch mark reduction treatment page To make a consultation simply fill out a consultation form on our website and one of our customer service attendants will service your stretch mark needs.  R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon  Yorkville, Toronto

  • Stretch marks cannot be removed but they can be treated! Carboxytherapy is the only treatment I’ve seen that has only upside with no side effects. Stretch marks are caused by a rapid growth or stretch of the collagen fibers, causing them to break, leaving an area of “weaker” skin.    Carboxytherapy works by depositing CO2 while doing so it stretches the skin. This does 2 things – the deposition of CO2 causes the body to bring in oxygen, which stimulates collagen production. Also the act of stretching the fibroblasts (the cells that make collagen) actually stimulates them to make new collagen. it’s pretty interesting to watch a treatment! We place a tiny needle just under the skin in a stretch mark….and the gas tracks up and down the stretch mark. This is because the gas will travel the “route of least resistance” which is where the weaker collagen (stretchmarks) are. It can be sensitive, but we adjust the rate of flow of the gas to make it comfortable.The best treatment plan is one that can work for you. Ideally once a week for 5-6 weeks is best. We also like you to be using a microneedler and our proprietary collagen gel at home to increase the collagen production.    Laura E Skellchock, MD, FAAD INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY 6100 GLADES ROAD  SUITE 304 BOCA RATON, FL  33434 561-488-2689 http://www.drskellchock.com

  • Unfortunately, there is no effective treatment to eliminate stretch marks. Creams and laser treatments may provide some benefit, but a stretch mark is really a scar that has formed within the deeper layers of the skin. Stretch marks will fade with time but never completely go away.

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