It is estimated that up to 90% of women and 10% of men experience stretch marks at some point in their life. Although pregnancy is one of the main causes of stretch marks in Ottawa, many other causes exist. Other causes of stretch marks include hormone fluctuations, weight gain, and sudden growth spurts. Regardless of the cause, stretch marks may fade with time while others may be permanent. Stretch marks are similar to scars, caused from injury and abnormal collagen. Stretch marks often start out pink or purple in colour and often become whiter with time.
Many treatment options exist for stretch marks in Ottawa. At Concept Medical, we offer non-ablative fractional laser. Fractional lasers are an effective treatment for stretch marks in Ottawa. These lasers are also effective in treating other scars, such as surgical scars and certain acne scars. Fractional laser is also used to treat fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. Fractional laser treatments are a non-invasive option that delivers thousands of laser beams to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks by triggering your body to create more normal, healthy looking skin. Laser treatment takes 30-60 minutes depending on the area being treated and the number of stretch marks.
No numbing cream is needed prior to laser treatment. Although mild discomfort may occur with fractional laser, treatment is very tolerable. After fractional laser treatment, skin will appear pinker in colour. Depending on the area being treated and the severity of your stretch marks or scars, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve your desired results. Most patients require 4 or more stretch mark treatments for optimal results.
At Concept Medical in Ottawa, fractional laser is well tolerated and patients can return to work and normal activities directly after treatment. To book your consultation or to learn more about stretch mark and scar treatments in Ottawa please contact Concept Medical today.