When you are considering laser stretch mark removal before and after pictures will tell you if you have had the results you were looking for. The best way to do this is to take a picture of your stretch marks before the procedure and then after you have healed. There should be a marked difference in their appearance.
Laser removal of stretch marks was deemed safe by the FDA back in 2002. As with any surgery, there are risks and side effects involved and you should always get your procedure done by a qualified professional. Make sure the surgeon you choose is board certified and is willing to show you laser stretch mark removal before and after pictures of clients they have had in the past. If they are reluctant to show these pictures then move on to someone who will.
Stretch marks occur on the skin as a result of the skin being over-stretched for some length of time. Small tears in the collagen and elastin fibers of the skin are the cause. These collagen and elastin fibers just can’t keep up with the stretching of the skin and once torn have a difficult time repairing themselves. In fact, they usually do not and you are left with stretch marks.
In the beginning, they can be red or purple and eventually do fade to white just like any other scar on your body. They may even have a silvery sheen to them. Once you have them they can be difficult to get rid of and may not completely go away, so prevention is best but if that does not do the trick you may consider having some laser surgery to reduce their appearance.
How it works is, the laser is passed over the area and pulsed several times. As the laser works, it stimulates the collagen and elastin fibers to produce more, and they will fill in the areas and help shrink the existing scars, as well.
Some women choose to try creams and lotions called body butter that basically do the same thing. Increased production of collagen and elastin fibers is key. Healthy skin does that on its own and if you improve the health of your skin with diet, exercise, and the use of these creams you may find you do not need the laser treatments.
Sometimes the topical creams are just not enough, though, and there is a need for further exploration to fix them. That is where the surgeon comes in. One of the best ways to find a surgeon is to ask the people you know for referrals. Maybe someone you know has had good results with this same type of procedure. If so, ask them about what they went through then call for your first appointment.
The surgeon will go over all of your options, show you laser stretch mark removal before and after pictures, and then you can make your informed decision about what is right for your situation.