Most stretch marks are caused by pregnancy or weight loss/gain, which can both result in the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Although stretch marks cannot be reversed, they can be removed by resurfacing the skin and stimulating new collagen formation. With four convenient locations serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers stretch mark removal.
One of the most effective systems to improve the skin’s appearance is fractional resurfacing. By altering the damaged areas and prompting the fibroblasts to divide, the laser’s potent energy is able to encourage the thickening of collagen and regenerated new skin cells to change the stretch mark tissue. Once the stretch mark tissue resembles the normal skin, the treatment process is completed. This effective stretch mark removal treatment typically requires multiple sessions to show noticeable results.
Stretch Marks – Old and New, White and Red
The most common types of skin lesions are stretch marks. Stretch marks are sometimes mistaken as scars. The two kinds of stretch marks are red and white. While older and mature stretch marks are silver or white, newer stretch marks are often red or purple. Pregnant women are prone to develop stretch marks. Adolescent females and males may also develop stretch marks during puberty.
1540 Fractional Resurfacing
As one of the more recent and advanced skin resurfacing technologies, the Palomar® Lux1540 fractional laser is designed to smooth the skin and improve skin discoloration. Palomar®’s patented fractional laser technology provides non-ablative skin resurfacing with no downtime.
StarLux® Fractional Laser Stretchmark Treatment
Since each session treats about 20 to 25 percent of the area of the skin with stretch marks, the Palomar® 1540 fractional skin resurfacing treatments are the most effective when performed in a series of sessions. The treatment works by delivering light in an array of microbeams. The purpose of these key microbeams is to facilitate a natural healing process in the dermis, which is the layer below the epidermis.
When small portions of the skin are successfully treated, the nearby untreated skin covers the treated areas with healthy and normal skin while leaving vital tissue around each microbeam undamaged. The fractional treatment of the skin ultimately encourages the skin to heal quickly. The Palomar® Lux1540’s wide range of energy per microbeam, as well as the significant depth of penetration, also results in quick healing of the nearby deep tissue. The laser can penetrate as deep as one millimeter. The success of the Lux1540 lies in its unique ability to deliver uniform microbeam penetration, which differs from traditional devices.
Throughout the entire treatment, the skin is always carefully maintained in order to prevent infection during the important healing process. The treatment results in improved skin color, texture, tone, fine lines, and wrinkles. Unlike other skin resurfacing technologies, the fractional treatment requires minimal downtime after creating smooth and youthful looking skin.
Comfort and Contact Cooling
In order for the treatments to be as comfortable and smooth as possible, the Palomar® Lux1540 delivers its microbeams with one short and quick pulse. The treatment also provides active contact cooling. Patients will receive topical numbing when undergoing the Palomar® Lux1540 treatment.
Ideal Candidates for Stretch Mark Removal
The perfect candidates for stretch mark removal are men, women, and children who would like to remove red or white striae that are the result of growth spurts, excess weight gain or bodybuilding. The most typical clients for stretch mark removal are new moms who developed stretch marks after giving birth. The laser is suitable for all skin types including dark skin.
Typical Results of Stretch Mark Removal
Clients can expect a 50 to 95 percent improvement in the reduction of red or white stretch marks. In addition, there will be a significant improvement in the overall tone and texture of the skin. As new collagen is gradually produced, the skin will be much lighter and more elastic.
How Much Does It Cost for Stretch Mark Removal in Jacksonville?
Throughout the initial consultation, the costs associated with stretch mark removal will be discussed with you. The exact price of the treatment will depend on your personalized goals and priorities, as well as the severity of your stretch marks. Along with cash and credit cards, our office accepts CareCredit® to simplify the financing process.
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is the leading facial plastic surgery center on the First Coast. As a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Phillip Garcia provides his North Florida patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on stretch mark removal or to schedule a consultation at one of our four convenient locations in Jacksonville (Town Center), Julington Creek, Fleming Island or Palm Coast, please contact us today.