Stretch Mark Removal

Stretch marks, also called striae, form when the skin quickly expands. This is typically seen in pregnancy, rapid weight gain, and bodybuilding. Areas with naturally higher fat content, such as the abdomen, breast, and buttocks, are most commonly affected, but any part of the body is susceptible. 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.


One week after my rhinoplasty I walked into Dr. Siegel’s office to finally see the results. I’d waited for this moment for more than ten years- and I was nervous. I’d compulsively found every list online of botched nose jobs. I researched all the worst possible outcomes of recovery, but there I was just one week later; I wasn’t stuffed with gauze, there was no heavy bruising, and it certainly didn’t hurt. Just a simple splint and what felt like the longest week of my life waiting for that appointment.

- Jane D, Septoplasty

Dr. Siegel removed the splint easily and painlessly with a liquid solution and asked if I was ready to see my new nose. Seeing myself in the mirror for the first time after my surgery was unreal- it was a subtle, natural looking change, my nose finally fit my face. After waiting for nearly a decade, I finally felt like I had the nose that I should have been born with.

- Jane D, Septoplasty

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The Stretch Mark Removal Process


The first step in stretch mark removal treatment is meeting with Dr. Siegel. During this appointment, he will examine your stretch marks, discuss your desired results, answer any questions you have about this process, and design a customized stretch mark removal treatment plan for you. In the course of this conversation, Dr. Siegel will also go over alternative treatments. There is no fixed amount of time for this consultation. Dr. Siegel will spend as long as it takes to understand your needs and make you feel comfortable proceeding with your stretch mark removal.


Stretch mark removal at our Houston office is minimally invasive, so it does not require much preparation. Dr. Siegel will give you personalized instructions to ensure you are completely ready for your treatment.


Dr. Siegel performs laser stretch mark removal for optimal outcomes. FX CO2 delivers micro-columns of laser light to only a fraction of the mark, creating microscopic wounds. The body responds by producing new collagen and skin. Multiple treatments are required, but medical journals report up to 75 percent improvement in stretch marks with FX CO2. This procedure typically requires only topical anesthetic in the form of a numbing cream, thanks to the fractional technology utilized. The specific techniques Dr. Siegel uses to remove your stretch marks will depend on their type, placement, and size, as well as your aesthetic concerns and medical needs. These factors will also influence the duration of your treatment and the number of appointments you require. No matter what your individualized treatment plan entails, Dr. Siegel will work carefully, safely, and effectively to deliver the best possible results for your stretch mark removal.


You should be able to return to work immediately following your stretch mark removal treatment. The areas treated may be pink for 48-72 hours, but will return to their previous appearance as new skin is formed. Dr. Siegel will determine when you should schedule your next treatment for ideal results.

Why Dr. Siegel

When it comes to your facial appearance, preserving natural contours, knowing which features to enhance and which ones not to, will make the difference between enhancing your self or appearing unnatural.

Dr. Siegel is sought out by highly sophisticated, discerning patients because of his innovative, yet conservative approach to Facial procedures- achieving natural, rested, and proportionate outcomes that exceed patients’ expectations.