I’ve always been jealous of people that went through puberty, pregnancy and rapid weight changes without the scars to prove it. Stretch Marks!!! Those lovely race-track looking marks that tell the world my skin has been through some major changes. I’ve done some research and apparently, we aren’t all created equal.  Stretch marks are a form of scarring on our skin; some of us have weaker collagen, and of course, (thanks mom and dad) genetics plays a huge role. Even though they are not harmful, stretch marks can definitely make you feel self-conscious.

They can appear anywhere on our body, male or female; most common places are the abdomen, breasts, arms, thighs, hips, and buttocks.

Can stretch marks be removed naturally or with creams?

Believe me when I say I have tried many creams and lotions without any luck. Many products claim they can help reduce the look of stretch marks; however, be very skeptical as few products will even achieve noticeable improvements. As we age, you may see your stretch marks looking lighter, but they will never disappear completely. 

Can you remove stretch marks with a laser?

Like with any scar, stretch marks are permanent; however, laser treatment is a non-surgical procedure that can help reduce the width, depth and will help fade the color; making them less noticeable. 

In a nutshell, the laser breaks down the damaged skin, triggering your body to create new tissue on the treated area. The new tissue will feel smoother and look healthier in both color and texture.

How many laser sessions does it take to remove stretch marks?

Depending on the amount, width and depth of your stretch marks expect several treatments; anywhere from 3-5+.  Scheduling each appointment roughly s6-8 weeks apart from one another.

Is laser stretch mark removal painful?

Most people feel mild discomfort during laser treatment, but it’s definitely tolerable.

NOTE: If you are scared to try laser treatment for your stretch marks because a friend or family member told you how painful it is; know that not all lasers are created equal. Revive Laser and Skin Clinic in Calgary is so confident you will be able to handle the treatment they offer a free, no pressure consultation and test spot.