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Thursday, February 25. 2010

Strech Marks; Now they can be treated by Laser.

I have been telling my patients for the past 12 years that lasers don't work on strech marks. I was very pleasantly surprised when the FDA recently approved a Fractionated Laser for the treatment of stretch marks.
I recently added a very sophisticated fractionated laser to my practice; The Mixto Fraxel. After hearing the news I started talking to fellow laser surgeons and dermatologist and found that these lasers do in fact help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Similar to laser hair removal, many treatments over several months are needed. Stretch marks look histological (under the microscope) like scars. We have known for years that scars can be successfully treated with several types of lasers.
I will start treating a few patients and keep you updated.
It would be very exciting news if these lasers live up to their expectations.
A. David Rahimi, MD,FAAD


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