In the medical world, stretch marks are clinically called striae, the dermatological term for the lineal scarring that occurs to skin as a result of speedy stretching during rapid weight gain, such as during pregnancy, or rapid growth, during puberty. Basically, the silvery marks or lines that are commonly called stretch marks are in the dermis, the skin’s middle layer. While the condition is not attractive, it’s also not a hazard to a person’s health.
Fractional laser resurfacing therapy, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating stretch marks, acne scarring and facial wrinkles and has been highly touted by both dermatologist and their patients who received this treatment.
The laser beam used by this new medical marvel, the Fractional, is invisible and extremely narrow - about the width of a human hair - and it works by destroying pinpoint spots of collagen in the desired location of the dermis. After treatment, the uppermost layer of skin is not affected, and no healing time.