Stretch marks (which can also be referred to as striae) are blemish lines that occur on the skin’s surface, most commonly due to skin stretching.
Lasers even though they do not give complete cure, have become the best non-invasive treatment for diminishing the appearance of stretch marks. The type of laser used is largely dependent on the state of the discoloration. With red or purple stretch marks, a pulsed dye (aka pulse dye) or a KTP laser is often employed which, through a concentrated beam of light at a specific wavelength, destroys damaged blood vessels without damaging the surrounding skin. To treat white stretch marks (or in some instances chronic red/purple marks) the best treatment is often the Fraxel Laser or the Fractional CO2 laser. This laser works by poking tiny holes in the outer layer of skin and reaching the deeper layer (or dermis). The treatment causes the stimulation of collagen production which subsequently leads to the rejuvenation of the skin vast improvement of the area affected by stretch marks.