Stretch marks are a type of dermal scar that involve an erythematous and atrophic change to the epidermis. They are very common (75-90% of females) and are generally associated with pregnancy, obesity, puberty and intense physical activity which cause an excessive and prolonged dermal stretching.
Due to this overstretching, the normal ability of the dermis to produce collagen is impaired, and the connective fibers are broken, resulting in stretch marks.
Red-pink lines appear first, which tend to gradually fade to lighter colours, and have a softer consistency and slight depressions. The collagen bundles, which are initially densely packed parallel to the epidermis, abnormally penetrate deep into the epidermis and result in thinning and knotting.
The various EUFOTON solutions for stretch marks
Fractional photothermolysis on stretch marks (both red and white) is a method that, by combining the laser energy with a fractional scanner, creates tiny channels (M.T.Z. Micro Thermal Zones) at various depths in the skin, that are evenly spaced around healthy tissue.
Why choose the non-ablative method?
The effects of a non-ablative laser on stretch marks are not immediate, but require the necessary time (about 3 weeks) for new collagen to form.
Nevertheless, fractional lasers and non-ablative technology have evolved and have spread considerably because the side effects are minimal, pain is greatly reduced and there is no interruption in daily activities between one session and the next.
The diameter of the M.T.Z. is only 200 microns and the tissue repair process (coming from adjacent intact areas) is very fast. This procedure works by creating a photothermal effect on the water molecules in the skin and without the use of any chemical substances, and it reduces the vascularization of the stretch marks in the initial phase (red-pink), with the reducing effect continuing for up to 6 months after treatment. Numerous treatments are required for more evident white stretch marks, which almost always results in the complete disappearance of the blemish.
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