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Stretch Mark Removal Overview

Stretch marks form because the rapid stretching of the skin causes tearing in the deep skin layer – the dermis, which is the portion of the skin responsible for strength and elasticity. Initially, reddish and bluish discoloration develops along these tears. These marks gradually fade in color, leaving behind a whiter appearance than the rest of the skin.


Since about 80 percent of people have stretch marks, and many of them wish to diminish the appearance of these streaks, there are many cosmetic stretch mark treatments available. You can probably walk into your local spa or even drug store and find a variety of creams, over-the-counter medications, and superficial treatment options. However, since the essential tear or injury that causes stretch marks happens at the deeper levels of the skin, these so-called “remedies” will have no real effect on stretch marks. All they can do is condition the epidermis, or the superficial layer of skin.

In light of this, plastic surgeon Dr. Michel Siegel takes a different, high-tech approach to removing stretch marks. While radiofrequency combined with pulsed dye laser may show some improvement, he has found in over a decade of experience that the best option for stretch mark treatment is Fractional CO2 resurfacing, or FX CO2 for short. If you’re interested in this successful, state-of-the-art treatment, contact Houston stretch mark removal master, Dr. Siegel.

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Stretch Mark Removal FAQ's

How many sessions are required for stretch mark removal?

Since each patient’s stretch marks are different, there is no one clear answer to this question. Dr. Siegel will determine the number of sessions required for your unique stretch mark removal process. Typically, this can range between three and five appointments, but it could be more or less depending on your specific circumstances. Dr. Siegel will tell how you many sessions you’ll most likely need at your initial consultation so you know what to expect.

What is the best laser for stretch mark removal?

Dr. Siegel has extensive experience in laser treatments. He has been using fractional technology, as well as other laser treatments, for over a decade. While there are many devices and treatment options on the market for laser stretch mark removal, Dr. Siegel has found that FX CO2 (fractional CO2 resurfacing) is the best laser type and method.

Does stretch mark removal work on dark skin?

Although results may vary, stretch mark removal can be effective on dark skin. Your complexion is a factor in the design of your treatment. Dr. Siegel will take the color of your stretch mark and the surrounding skin into account when customizing your stretch mark removal procedure. His goal is to deliver the best possible outcomes to all of our patients.

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