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On 23

Jan

2012

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Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

Q: Which Laser works better for improving the appearance of Stretch Marks? I have some stretch marks on my hips and thighs. They are not too deep and somewhat lighter than my skin. I have been to two places, one of which offers to treat me with 3 treatments of Erbium and Yag-Ktp as well as CIT (collagen induction therapy I think) The other place offers to treat me with Amaris. Which one of these laser works better for improving the appearance of stretch marks? Do they even work at all?

A: Artisan 1540 to Treat Stretch Marks

In my practice we utilize the Artisan 1540™: Fractional non-ablative laser to treat stretch marks that are fully developed and are white or light in color.

Fractional resurfacing is a selective treatment, that leaves the surface of the skin unharmed. Instead, the laser damages tiny columns of skin, creating hundreds of microscopic wounds that boost collagen production and help the body heal stretch marks.

Fractional non-ablative lasers boast a short recovery time – the skin will just be pink in the treated region for about a week.

Treatment of the lower abdomen takes about an hour and half, but it takes five to six treatments to see results. Sessions should be spaced three to four weeks apart.

Fractional lasers cannot remove stretch marks completely. After six treatments, the stretch marks should fade by about 50%.

Please call our office at 321.727.3223 to schedule your appointment and see if you are a good candidate for the Artisan Laser.

Dr. Clevens

Ross A. Clevens, MD

Melbourne Florida Facial Plastic Surgeon


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