Laser Helps Remove Stretch Marks - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/20/05

Laser Helps Remove Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are not uncommon. They happen to both men and women. You get them in a number of ways pregnancy, growth spurts, body building, even gaining or losing weight. If you've tried over the counter creams to get rid of them and it's not working; there is a new technique that promises to zap them away.

It's called the V-Beam a special laser. Here's how the laser works: on new stretch marks that are red or pink, it shrinks and removes any blood vessels. On older ones that are white, it remodels the lines by stimulating and creating new collagen.

"It will blend in better with the surrounding skin but never totally go away," says Dr. Lynn Byden a Dermotologic Surgeon.

"There are some patients that just have spectacular results, unfortunately that is the exception, not the rule," says Dr. Thomas Rohrer a Dermotologic Surgeon.

These doctors say they see the best results on stretch marks that are less than a year old. It can be costly, several hundred dollars a session, and it may take three to five sessions to get the results you want. The V-Beam is available in Lubbock at Laser Dynamics.

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