Ematrix or Thermage for stretch marks?

Is Ematrix or Thermage a better iption for old stretch marks? What are the differences between Ematrix and Thermage in terms of pain level during the procedure?

Doctor Answers 3

EMatrix for stretch marks

Thank you for posting this question regarding eMatrix and stretch marks.

The procedure may give some improvement but not anything that will be dramatic to you or the clinician observer. 

I recommend that you not get eMatrix for that indication at the present time until more data is available. 

Dr. Karamanoukian

Buffalo Phlebologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

You can try eMatrix....

but stretch marks remain the HOLY GRAIL of cosmetic treatments. All types of lasers have been hailed to remove or improve stretch marks, from Fraxel to CO2 Fractional, and even Ematrix. The most promising laser is V BEAM for early stretch marks. 

ematrix can work, buy it may old improve old stretch marks by 30 % after 3-4 treatments. 

Best wishes

Dr Davin Lim
Laser Dermatologist
Brisbane and Gold Coast

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Stretch Mark improvement choices

Stretch marks are very difficult to treat, so to think they can be fully removed with any nonsurgical procedure will set you up for disappointment.

For improvement, you need to think in terms of "progressive action".  A fractional resurfacing treatment like eMatrix is a viable choice to help blend the normal skin with the scarred skin. Fractional lasers allow areas to be treated that otherwise could not be treated with full surface ablation.

To see improvements, you need to commit to a series of treatments over an extended period of time to spur new collagen growth and hopefully cause some pigment migration. If you have skin with a pigmentation level that would mean you could see post treatment hyperpigmentation, then you also need to use pigment suppressing products. Otherwise you could see dark areas against the stretch mark making them appear even more prominent.

Thermage is a skin tightening procedure and won't have the ability to actually affect a stretch mark.

As to pain levels, eMatrix and other fractional modalities can be of varying energy levels which affect personal pain tolerance.


Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

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