Stretch marks are caused by the rapid expansion of skin from weight-gain or pregnancy. After weight loss and pregnancy, the stretch marks become apparent. Depending on the appearance of your stretch marks and your outcome goal, Dr. Vanek may suggest an ablative laser, or a non-ablative laser, or combination of the two. An ablative laser like the Sciton® Profractional™ or the Sciton® MicroLaserPeel™ removes skin cells in a targeted manner to resurface your skin. New collagen is produced which improves the texture, firmness and appearance of your skin.
The Mentor Peel™ is a procedure developed and trademarked by Dr. Vanek that combines the Profractional™ and MicroLaserPeel™ treatments to provide exceptional resurfacing outcomes. A non-ablative treatment, like the intense pulsed light Sciton® BBL™, uses specific wavelengths of light energy to target specific types of cells. For red pigmented stretch marks, the BBL™ targets the fine blood vessels to heat and eliminate, reducing the redness and appearance of the marks.