Stretch Mark Treatments

Cutis Dermatology has the widest array of lasers of any clinic in not only Brisbane, but the southern hemisphere. We’re pleased to be able to provide our patients with the latest in laser technology for stretch mark removals. 
Our state-of-the-art laser technology devices include:
  • Vascular Laser
  • Fraxel Laser
  • Picoway Laser
  • CO2 Laser Resurfacing

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Treatments for Active Acne

Vascular Laser
Best for: Early red stretchmarks
Down time: 0 days
Comments: Removes red stretchmarks
Fraxel Laser
Best for: Old stretch marks
Downtime: 4 day
Comments: Treats white/silver stretchmarks
Picoway Laser
Best for: All stretchmarks
Down time: 1 days
Comments: Used in all skin types
CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Best for: Old stretch marks
Down time: 7 days
Comments: Pico laser are better
Laser stretch mark removal
Are your stretch marks red? If so, you’re in luck.

Lasers are the most innovative stretch mark removal methods brought about by clinical research from professionals & experts around the globe. They are much more effective than older microneedling technology. Lasers improve the texture & color of stretch marks, gradually fading them with each treatment. Fractional lasers are used to treat older stretch marks, vascular lasers are employed for new stretch marks.

Early stretch marks are red, pink & purple. These are easier to treat compared to older white ones. Our specialists use the very latest lasers to reduce the appearance of stretch marks after only a few sessions. Treatments are safe, comfortable, effective & affordable.

 

Book a FREE* nurse consultation at our Brisbane clinics to understand your best treatment options. *T&C apply.

90% of pregnant women will develop stretch marks. Formulate a prevention & treatment plan.
Stretch marks in men

With a treatment plan in place, we can prevent & treat stretch marks with scientifically proven creams & procedures. Early red stretch marks are easier to remove than older ones. Book a FREE* nurse consultation at our Brisbane clinics to understand your best treatment options. *T&C apply.

While they’re more often a problem for women, men experience stretch marks from rapid weight gain & loss. The most common areas we treat in men include the chest, inner arms, & back. With the most technologically advanced lasers, we can significantly fade stretch marks. 

Our specialist can effectively treat all types of stretch marks. Old stretch marks can be treated with the very latest hybrid lasers, early pink stretch marks respond best to vascular lasers combined with vitamin A creams.

FAQs

What causes stretch marks?

As the name suggests, stretch marks occur secondary to stretching of the dermal layers of skin. This tears apart the scaffolding of the dermis, essentially breaking up connective tissue such as collagen & elastic fibres.

The aim of treatments is to rebuild these broken fibres with lasers & creams.

Why Cutis Dermatology?

Cutis Dermatology has the widest array of lasers in any clinic in the Southern Hemisphere. We’re pleased to be able to provide our patients with the latest in laser technology for stretch mark removals. 

Is Bio Oil any good?

It’s rubbish BUT if you would like to give it a go, that’s fine. In the context of how it works, it is essentially a moisturizer to prevent water loss. If you are after something cheap, get some vitamin E at Coles, it’s probably better.

What is the best laser for red or early stretch marks?

We use a vascular laser with gas cooling sprays. These lasers are much safer, more effective & more comfortable than ones that use gels. The lasers include- V Beam Prima, V Beam Perfecta as well as Derma V. 

 

Red stretch marks are early stretch marks and respond better to lasers. The aim of treatment is to reduce the colour & width. Most patients require 3-5 sessions, 2-4 weeks apart. 

What are the lasers we use to treat older stretch marks?

Old stretch marks are much harder to treat compared to red or new ones. The lasers we use include-

 

 

  • CO2 fractional in lighter skin types
  • Fraxel 1927/150 in light to medium skin types
  • Pico fractional laser in medium to dark skin types

 

Even with the very latest in technology, it takes 3-5 sessions to improve stretch marks by 30 to 70%. Laser sessions area spaced between 4-10 weeks apart, depending on your skin colour. 

How many sessions are required for results?

Most require between 3-5 sessions. They are spaced apart according to the colour of your stretch marks & your skin type. For daker patients, treatments are spaced out by an extra 2-6 weeks. Darker skin patients also require a few more sessions. 

Who does laser work?

Laser light works by either targeting the red in early stretch marks or by stimulating your cells to produce new collagen.

Together this smooths the appearance of the skin and reduces discolouration. As you have each treatment the stretch mark will gradually fade away as newer healthier skin replaces it

What is the recovery like following laser treatments for stretch marks?

For vascular lasers (the ones used to treat red stretch marks), the healing goes like this-

 

 

  • Day 0-1 Bruising which may be mild to moderate
  • Day 1-5 Bruise fades. In darker skin, will take longer

 

For fractional lasers (the ones used to treat white or old stretch marks), healing timeline-

 

 

  • Day 0-5 Compromised skin.
  • Day 4-8 Healing with some mild scabbing. 
  • Skin healing is more eventful in fractional lasers, your nurse will guide you accordingly. 

What safe ingredients are there for stretch marks in pregnancy?

Retinol is not indicated in pregnancy; however, you can use Niacinamide or vitamin B3. This is totally safe. Post-partum, you can start on retinol 1% & laser treatments (ideally vascular lasers as pregnancy induced stretch marks are red).

What creams work?

The two best ingredients that have been scientifically proven to make any difference are silicone based topicals & derivatives of Vitamin A. The latter can stimulate collagen production, reducing the appearance of stretch marks over a few months. 

 

The exact formulation of both depends on the location & age of stretch marks & the clinical findings. 

Is microneedling any good for stretch marks?

Microneedling is used by dermatologists as a treatment for hair loss or to deliver ingredients in the skin. In the context of stretch marks, lasers are much better as controlled heat for lasers stimulates much more collagen compared to ‘cold’ needles from microneedling. 

 

If you are on a budget, get a Dermaroller, or better still a stamper with needles no longer than 0.3 mm & DIY at home. Alternatively, book a consultation with our nurses to discuss if this treatment is for you. 

 

 

 

Can BBL SkinTyte or IPL treat stretch marks?

Yes, using the vascular red filter we can target early stretch marks. The IR or infrared wavelength of SkinTyte can in theory stimulate collagen, however we have better lasers & devices for this job including fractional lasers & HIFU-Ultherapy

How are stretch marks treated in darker skin types?

Darker skin patients require more treatments, based upon the physics of lasers. 2-3 more sessions are required. For ethnic skin-

 

  • It is normal to have post treatment skin darkening for 2-10 weeks after lasers
  • We do use special pico lasers if your stretch marks are dark

Can you tattoo over stretch marks?

Yes, but the edges may ‘bleed’ or run. Your tattoo artist will guide you through the process as they can hide the stretch marks in the main body of the tattoo, If lines cross stretch marks, you may get some spill over of the tattoo ink to normal skin. 

What are new & experimental ways to treat stretch marks?

Our dermatologists are using cutting edge technology & novel methods, based upon recent literature reports they include-

  • Mixing collagen stimulating dermal fillers with microneedling & RF microneedling
  • Using dermal fillers with HIFU or high intensity focused ultrasound
  • Combination therapies of lasers, RF microneedling & dermal fillers

Note: these treatments are mainly for research. In clinical practice the cost prohibits the use for most cases. 

What kind of dermal fillers are used to treat stretch marks?

The two most used fillers are calcium hydroxyapatite & poly-l-lactic acid fillers. These fillers stimulate collagen production. 

 

Fillers are delivered with microneedling (that’s the TRUE role of microneedling) or better still microneedling RF. Fillers stimulate dermal collagen production. This process takes up to 3-4 months for optimal results.

Can we remove all stretch marks?

Though we are fortunate to have the very latest in laser technology, complete removal of stretch marks is beyond us. Medical science is fantastic, but we still haven’t found the cure for simple things like baldness & stretch marks. 


We aim to provide healthy expectations for our patients & clients. We can receive up to 75% improvement of new stretch marks & up to 50-60% improvement on older ones. As always, treatment outcomes vary.

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