Manhattan cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, offers laser skin treatments that address stretch marks specifically. This treatment lightens the appearance of stretch marks and, in many cases, significantly reduces their visibility. Patients living in New York City, Manhattan, Westchester, and surrounding regions of New York can trust Rothaus Plastic Surgery to provide them with excellent results for both the removal and reduction of stretch marks.
What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are faded stripes or streaks on the skin that are caused by distension (expansion) of the skin. Most commonly found in patients who have gained and lost weight, either through pregnancy or general weight loss, stretch marks can be annoying and unsightly for both men and women. The can be found on the abdomen, upper arms, thighs, hips, breasts, and lower back. The appearance of the break down of the dermis caused by the skin stretching can be improved with radio-frequency and laser treatment.
An estimated 90% of women have stretch marks as a result of the rapid growth of the skin associated with pregnancy, weight gain, and puberty. They are frequently seen in men not only because of weight gain, but also often around the upper arm and chest as a result of sports and weight lifting. Although they are completely benign, they are often aesthetically unpleasant and a source of profound irritation. Notoriously difficult to treat, women and men have long struggled with ways to make them appear more cosmetically acceptable. Unfortunately, very few treatments have proven effective. Now, however, there are new ways to effectively treat stretch marks.
How Are Stretch Marks Treated?
The EndyMed™ and ThermiSmooth® radiofrequency devices and the Lux 1540 laser are all FDA-approved treatments for laser skin resurfacing. They may be applied individually or in combination for the treatment of cellulite as well. Our preferred treatment method includes combining a radiofrequency device with the Lux 1540 laser, as this tends to provide our patients the best results. Below, we have provided a more detailed explanation of our laser treatments:
- EndyMed™ – The EndyMed™ is a bipolar RF device and is quite unique, as each handpiece has three separate transmitters and three separate receivers. This creates a pattern of RF energy of three parallel paths but all at different depths beneath the skin. The result is a uniform RF effect over a wide area.
- ThermiSmooth® – ThermiSmooth® treatments utilize the Thermi250® laser, a very high power, monopolar RF device. It has recently been approved by the FDA and our Manhattan office was honored to be a part of the study that certified its effectiveness. This RF device is unique in that it has a temperature sensor built into the handpiece, resulting in a very uniform and comfortable treatment.
Delivering focused energy deep into the dermis and epidermis, the laser beam creates small areas of controlled injury under the skin. As these areas heal, new collagen and elastin is generated, promoting the growth of healthier-looking skin. The radiofrequency devices heat the skin and underlying tissue. inducing the deposition of new collagen and tightening of the skin. Our New York City office has been using fractional laser and radiofrequency technologies for years for facial resurfacing, treatment of brown spots, and scar revision with great results. We are now proud to offer a possible relief for patients who want to address their stretch marks using these same technologies.
What is the Procedure for Stretch Mark Reduction?
During laser and radiofrequency treatments for stretch marks, the handheld device will glide over the area that is to be addressed. Patients generally do not feel any discomfort during treatment. They will feel some warmth as the laser and RF energy move through the skin. After the treatment is over, the skin may appear red. It typically takes multiple sessions to attain the desired results—a tighter skin surface with less apparent stretch marks.
Plan Your Procedure
Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks
Average Procedure Time: 1-2 hours
Procedure Recovery Location: Outpatient
Reduce Stretch Marks Today
If you are tired of looking at your stretch marks and feel self-conscious to expose your skin because of these unwanted lines and grooves, we invite you to call our plastic surgery office to learn more about the EndyMed™ and ThermiSmooth® radiofrequency and Lux 1540 laser treatments. All of these devices are effective for skin rejuvenation and are used regularly on patients who want smoother, more even-toned, and youthful-looking skin. Rothaus Plastic Surgery welcomes patients from New York City, Manhattan, Westchester, the Upper East Side, and nearby communities of New York.