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Can laser treatment remove stretch marks?
By far the most effective way to deal with stretch marks is with laser treatment. How Does It Work? This treatment uses Pixel Erbium-YAG Fractional Resurfacing Lasers, which creates microscopic wounds. The stretch marks start to fade over time by breaking up the tissue below.
Are stretch marks covered by insurance?
Stretch mark treatment is considered cosmetic and typically is not covered by health insurance.
What laser is best for old stretch marks?
Fraxel laser is a non ablative laser, which is a gentler laser that doesn’t remove the top layer of skin. Instead, it stimulates collagen and elastin production, which helps the scars to heal and fade. Like most lasers, Fraxel works best on newer stretch marks, but it also has good results with older, white marks.
Is laser treatment for stretch marks painful?
Laser therapy for stretch mark removal usually lasts between 30 and 90 minutes, so you won’t be in the office for long. You might feel some slight discomfort during the procedure, but the treatment isn’t painful for most patients. Laser treatments require little recovery time, but you may experience some side effects.
How many laser sessions does it take to remove stretch marks?
You will need 3 to 5 treatment sessions to achieve desired results, although some patients may require fewer or more appointments. During your treatment, we will apply a cooling gel to the treatment area to help protect your skin and ensure your comfort while the laser is being used.
Is there a surgery to remove stretch marks?
Surgical Procedures for Stretch Mark Removal The tummy tuck and mini-tummy tuck are two plastic surgery procedures that remove stretch marks permanently from the lower abdomen. In the procedure, extra fat and skin is removed from the lower abdomen. The skin from the upper abdomen is pulled down to close the gap.
Does insurance cover laser stretchmarks?
Is it covered by insurance? Stretch mark removal through laser therapy and other treatments is considered a cosmetic (aesthetic) procedure. Laser therapy may be covered in cases that are deemed medically necessary, such as pain management. However, medical insurance doesn’t cover laser therapy for stretch mark removal.
Is laser stretch mark removal permanent?
So, can lasers really erase stretch marks? The answer is no. Since stretch marks represent a permanent change in the dermis (the deeper layer of skin beneath the surface layer known as the epidermis), there is no amount of resurfacing that can erase them.
How many laser sessions are needed for stretch marks?
Can stretch marks be removed permanently?
Yes. Although stretch marks are a type of scar that is generally permanent themselves, there are ways to permanently remove stretch marks. Any permanent treatment for stretch marks will involve rebuilding healthy skin tissues beneath the scar and fading the appearance of the current scar.
Is there surgery for stretch marks?
“The only surgery for stretch marks would be excisional surgery (cutting the skin containing the stretch marks out). This is really only done in certain situations, particularly where there is significant skin excess,” says David Cangello, MD, FACS, board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City.
Is laser stretch mark removal safe?
The skin stretches and contracts to leave a scar in a specific area of the skin that reflects the stretching of the skin. In general, stretch mark removal laser treatments are safe for use with few side effects associated with this common cosmetic problem.