Do you have stretch marks and want to remove them with a laser?

Stretch marks are very common scars that appear on the skin at different times in life. Rapid weight gain, pregnancy, growth spurt... are all events that can lead to the formation of stretch marks, which are initially purplish and then turn white over time. Although they are not serious, stretch marks are very often a source of complexes.

Nowadays, it is possible to reduce or even eliminate stretch marks using the non-ablative fractional laser or Fraxel. Turó Park Clinics is equipped with the latest generation Nordlys™ laser, which can treat 21 different indications including striae and stretch marks, thanks to its Frax 1550 applicator.

If you want to eliminate your stretch marks in a sustainable way, make an appointment now with one of our English-speaking specialists for a personalised study.

Treatment info

Information on the laser/IPl treatment of stretch marks
Duration of the treatment30 min
Recovery2-3 weeks
EffectsAfter a few days
AnestesiaPossibly EMLA cream
PriceFrom €200

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What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are areas of skin where the deep dermis, located between the epidermis and the hypodermis, has spontaneously torn. They appear as small skin stripes, from 1 to 10 mm wide, which can be several centimetres long.

Stretch marks mainly affect the stomach, thighs and breasts, and are initially purplish-red and then turn pearly white over time.

What causes stretch marks?

Stretch marks are frequently caused by rapid stretching of the skin, particularly during :

  • Puberty,
  • Significant and sudden weight loss,
  • Pregnancy,
  • Significant weight gain or muscle mass.

Stretch marks can also be a symptom of a pathology such as Cushing's syndrome, due to an excess of cortisol-type hormones in the body.

How does Fraxel laser treatment work to remove stretch marks?

When stretch marks are red, IPL (Intense Pulse Light) can be very effective in reducing the redness and stopping some of the inflammation.

If the stretch marks are white, the Fraxel laser can give excellent results but their total disappearance will be difficult. Non-invasive, the fractional laser targets the cells below the surface to repair your skin from the inside and also induces collagen growth which improves the appearance of the skin.

During the laser or IPL session, an anaesthetic cream may be prescribed by the doctor. This should be applied every 15 minutes, one hour before the session. As a rule, the session lasts between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on the size of the area to be treated and the method used (laser or pulsed light).

What other treatments are available for stretch marks?

In addition to laser and pulsed light, other techniques can be considered to reduce the appearance of stretch marks:

  • Chemical peeling, which promotes the removal of the outer layers of the skin in order to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
  • Mesotherapy, combining the action of micro-needles and hyaluronic acid.
  • Radiofrequency, which consists of heating the deep layers of the skin and stimulating collagen production.

In all cases, during your first consultation, our specialist will advise you on the best methods to consider, depending on the type of stretch marks, how long they have been there, but also on the condition of your skin. This first appointment will also allow us to determine the number of sessions necessary to achieve the results you expect.

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The aesthetic medicine specialists at Turó Park Clinics propse a first initial consultation to find out which options best suit your needs and expectations.

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How can stretch marks be prevented?

Although it is not possible to completely avoid the appearance of stretch marks, their prevention involves reducing the risk factors. Risk factors include:

  • Being overweight,
  • Going on a diet that is too restrictive,
  • Gaining too much weight.

We also advise women to use preventive cosmetics and to moisturise their skin regularly, especially during periods when stretch marks are likely to appear, such as puberty, pregnancy or the menopause.

Our laser and pulsed light specialists

Dr. Alejandro Mazarro

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Dr. Jorge Arandes

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Dr. Maria Carrera

Aesthetic, regenerative and anti-aging medicine
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Our answers to the most frequently asked questions about laser treatment of stretch marks

Is laser treatment of stretch marks painful?

The treatment can be a little uncomfortable, so we recommend the use of an anaesthetic cream. After the treatment, you may feel a sensation similar to a slight sunburn on the skin for a few hours.

Is it possible to have surgery to remove stretch marks?

If there is excess skin in addition to the stretch marks, for example due to rapid weight loss, a dermolipectomy can be considered. The excess skin with stretch marks can be removed by the plastic surgeon, while the healthy skin is re-draped.

How many laser sessions are needed to reduce stretch marks with the Fraxel laser?

On average, between 3 and 7 sessions are required for optimal results. The sessions should be spaced out by one month. However, only the doctor can determine the number of sessions to be planned according to your personal situation.