The Most Common Treatments for Stretchmarks and Scars

Plastic Surgeons Serving San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Santa Clara & Nearby South Bay, California

Posted: July 7, 2020
Laser treatment for stretch marks

Scars are the natural result of wound repair. Created out of collagen, scars are fibrous and often much thicker than surrounding skin. They can also be highly visible, distracting, and, for some, embarrassing.

Many scars require an open wound, but stretch marks are a type of scar that forms when the skin stretches and shrinks rapidly, such as with pregnancy. Similar to other types of scars, some people find stretch marks to be visible, distracting, and embarrassing.

Surgical Solutions for Stretch Marks and Scars

Surgery causes scars. Even plastic surgery, which is designed to improve the appearance, will result in scars. Deep scars can be treated through skin grafts and other surgical procedures, but these are typically designed to restore lost function, not aesthetic perfection.

Stretch marks may be removed through various lift procedures. A thigh lift can address stretch marks on the upper legs and buttocks, a tummy tuck can address those on the belly and hips, while arm lift can remove stretch marks underneath the arms.

It is important to remember that surgical excision of skin to remove stretch marks will result in a surgical scar. At Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery, every care is taken to ensure these scars are minimal and as hidden as possible.

Nonsurgical Scar Revision

There are a number of safe and effective nonsurgical scar revision treatments. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Chemical Peel
  • IPL Treatment
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing

These treatments remove surface layers of the skin, stimulate the body’s natural healing response, and improve the skin’s texture and tone.

In addition to scars and stretch marks, many nonsurgical treatments can address:

  • Age spots
  • UV damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Texture irregularities
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Rough, red, patchy skin
  • Acne scars

Depending on the extent of damage you are having corrected, you may require more than one session for optimal results. During your initial consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, we will help you determine the type and number of treatments you will need.

Please call 650-934-7020 to schedule your consultation at our Los Altos office. Our experienced plastic surgeons serve all surrounding communities, including San Jose, Mountain View, and Santa Clara.