Fractional Laser Stretch Mark Treatment Earns FDA Approval

by Wendy Travis

Fractional Laser Stretch Mark Treatment Earns FDA Approval

Women now have a new option in stretch mark removal, thanks to FDA approval of an advanced fractional laser stretch mark treatment. The Palomar Lux1540 fractional laser has been used to treat a variety of cosmetic concerns in the past, but has only recently been approved for reducing the appearance of striae or stretch marks. The introduction of the Lux1540 for this purpose allows plastic surgeons and skin care specialists to offer an additional option to patients unhappy with stretch marks that have not responded well to other types of cosmetic treatment.

Millions of women struggle with the unsightly lines that appear as a result of hormonal changes, weight gain or pregnancy. Although some statistics suggest that as many as 90% of all women have stretch marks, it does little to alleviate the self consciousness of them. Many have turned to topical solutions and over-the-counter products to reduce or eliminate their appearance. Unfortunately, few have seen positive results from these options, making professional fractional laser skin treatments all the more important as legitimate treatment solutions. The Palomar Lux1540 may represent the pinnacle of these laser treatments yet developed.

Introducing the Lux 1540
The Lux1540 has been used by doctors for some time, because of its ability to treat surgical and acne scars and provide skin resurfacing treatments. The laser is minimally invasive, so patients can enjoy stellar results with minimal discomfort and little or no downtime afterward. This is good news, considering few cosmetic treatments up to this point has provided the results in stretch mark treatment that doctors and patients were hoping for. In fact, many doctors believe this is the first tool that can effectively minimize the appearance of stretch marks to the patient's satisfaction.

Initial clinical studies of the Palomar tool showed significant results in the appearance of stretch marks, with an average improvement between 51% and 75%. These results, as reported by Medical News Today, were achieved through a blinded review of photographs showing stretch marks before and after treatment. The studies are ongoing, but the FDA has approved the use of the tool based on the data provided to date.

How does it Work?
The Lux1540 hand piece delivers high precision microbeams that work under the skin's surface to provide tissue coagulation within the dermis. The coagulated tissue promotes a natural healing process and the formation of healthy new tissue to fill in the damaged areas of the skin. As the skin regenerates, residual cells are expelled, leaving softer, smoother skin without the need to artificially disrupt the outer skin layer and risk infection.

Patients who receive the Lux1540 treatment experience little, if any, discomfort during the procedure and do not typically need a topical anesthetic or cooling process. Patients require little or no downtime after the procedure and associated risks are minimal. The high patient satisfaction, coupled with the low risk and discomfort level, make the Lux1540 a beneficial stretch mark treatment a popular choice for doctors and patients alike.

Although the Palomar Lux1540 has just recently been approved for the treatment of stretch marks, many doctors have been using the tool in their offices for other treatments. This means that doctors may already be equipped to perform fractional laser stretch mark removal at a clinic near you! To find out if the Lux1540 might be the right answer to your stretch mark problems, contact us today and arrange for your private consultation with a fractional laser resurfacing specialist in your city!

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