Stretch Mark Reduction in Washington, DC
Stretch marks, or striae, present as unsightly red to white areas, which occur commonly on the abdomen, arms, chest, buttocks, and thighs. The root cause of stretch marks is unknown but can result from pregnancy, rapid weight gain, trauma and most likely has both hormonal, genetic, and physical influences. Stretch marks represent a dermal scar in which the connective tissue (i.e. collagen and elastin) within the dermis is disrupted, causing both textural and color changes noticeable in the overlying skin.
Striae Rubra are red stretch marks. In most individuals these represent new or ‘fresh’ stretch marks. In lighter skin individuals, striae rubra are treated with the pulsed dye laser. This laser targets the increased vascularity in red stretch marks, both reducing the redness and simultaneously stimulating collagen remodeling for improvements in both tone and texture. In some individuals, stretchmarks remain red for extended periods of time. In this case we would treat initially with the pulsed dye laser before moving on to Radiofrequency Microneedling or Fraxel laser.
Striae Alba are white stretchmarks. White stretch marks are generally less responsive to treatment than red stretch marks. Depending on skin type, white stretch marks are treated with Radiofrequency Microneedling or Fraxel laser. Recently we have had success at improving the color of white stretch marks by combining RF Microneedling with Latisse applied topically during the treatment. It is believed that Latisse acts as a melanocyte stimulant, jump starting pigment production in areas of hypopigmented (white) skin resulting in improvements in both texture and pigmentation of white stretchmarks which was previously very difficult to improve.
Stretchmark Reduction Consultations
There is a $150 fee for stretch mark reduction consultations. This can be applied to treatment if you elect to proceed. During your consultation we will examine the areas of concern, and offer treatment recommendations and an honest straightforward assessment of expected response to treatment.
Please note that each treatment course (3-5 treatments) for stretch mark reduction ranges from $2500-$5000 or more depending on area, and we expect 20-50% improvement from a treatment course (3-5 treatments). Insurance does not cover any portion of the treatment for stretch marks.
Please call 202-966-8814 or email us to schedule a stretch mark reduction consultation.