Why Can't Fraxel Repair Completely Remove Stretch Marks?

if 6 to 8 sessions can reduce them as much as 75 to 90 percent shouldn't 10 or 12 or even 20 session completely remove them?

Doctor Answers 3

Ability to remove stretch marks depends on age of stretch marks

Fraxel Re:Store is a much better choice for treatment of stretch marks , as the Fraxel Re:Pair is a little too aggressive for the areas of the body where stretch marks occur - the healing process becomes too long in these areas. Success in treatment depends on how early they are treated.The only stretch marks that I personally have seen improve more than 90% are those that I have treated within 1 month of the time they were noticed by the patient. That is a very unusual situation, but they do remain treatable as long as they are red. Using the Candela V-beam plus Fraxel Re:Store will usually result in 50-75% improvement with a series of 5-6 treatments. You are correct in thinking that even more treatments will result in further improvement, but the increment of improvement starts dropping off after 5or 6 treatments.They are basically scar tissue , so we can improve the appearance but usually not completely eliminate them.

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Fraxel Laser

No laser can completely remove stretch marks, despite claims. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Who said Fraxel can remove 75-90% stretch marks anyway?

I don't know where you were told this but nothing can "remove" stretch marks other than surgical excision as in a tummy tuck for example.  Various lasers can reduce the discoloration of early stretch marks and therefore improve them  --   but "remove them"?  No, I don't believe that at all.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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