IPL for Stretch Marks?

Does IPL work for stretch marks? I'm currently using Retin-A and not seeing the stretch lines disappearing?  Maybe a bit lighter, but the lines are still really visible. 

Doctor Answers 17

Strech Marks

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I agree with Dr. Goldberg. The only thing we can do to Stretch Marks is improve their redness or pigmentation with IPL. I have not found a laser or radio frequency devise that will help their appearance.

Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon

Unfortunately, there is no great cure for the lines of stretchmarks themselves.

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Topical creams and some light based treatments do help the redness of stretch marks fade, but unfortunately, technology has not yet advanced to create the perfect solution to make the lines themselves truly disappear. Fractionated lasers are promising, but the jury is still out on the long term true benefits of this even now.

IPL can help the redness fade and make the area much less noticeable. But time does the same thing as well.

Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

IPL for reduction of stretch marks

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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) will improve the appearance of pink or red stretch marks by reducing the color changes. The texture irregularities are not improved by this procedure. Although there is still no perfect "fix", current work in fraxel and profractional laser technology looks promising. Each treatment creates tiny, microscopic tunnels in the skin that heal with more normal-appearing skin. After a series of treatments, the crinkled appearance of the stretch mark is obscured.

Frank J. Baron, MD
Mercer Island Dermatologist

IPL for stretch marks

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Stretch marks are not really superficial "marks". Rather they are permanent CRACKS through the skin. Just like other structural cracks cannot be erased neither can stretch marks DESPITE everything you hear.

The ONLY question is how fast can these stretch cracks be faded and made less noticeable. If they are still young and reddish, IPL can be used to reduce the vascularity of the cracks and render them white and less noticeable much earlier than if you allowed them to mature by themselves. If you would be happy with less noticeable stretch marks do go for the IPL - if you insist on make them vanish the only "option" is to close your eyes...It would be more "effective" and cheaper than the hundreds of other touted treatments.

Dr. P. Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Red Stretch Mark treatment: IPL (luz pulsada intensa) ayudará con el enrojecimiento de las estrías

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Thank you for your question. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) will help with the redness of the stretch marks which then helps the stretch marks get lighter. Laser treatments, surgical tummy tucks, radiofrequency, can all help with improving the scarring. Unfortunately, they will never disappear completely and lotions and creams can not help with the disappearing of your stretch marks.  If you have any concerns, call a plastic surgeon closes to you  for a consultation. 

Gracias por su pregunta. IPL (luz pulsada intensa) ayudará con el enrojecimiento de las estrías y ayuda a aclaran las estrias. Los tratamientos con láser, abdominoplastia, y radiofrecuencia, pueden ayudar a mejorar las estrias. Desafortunadamente, nunca desaparecerán completamente y las lociones y las cremas no pueden ayudar con la desaparición de sus estrías. Si tiene alguna inquietud, llame a un cirujano plástico que se cierra para una consulta.

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 127 reviews

Stretch Marks and IPL

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Stretch marks are most responsive to treatment when they are new and pink or red.  IPL will help mostly with the color and may stimulate some collagen.  I have found fractional lasers and micro-needling with radio frequency to be more effective on improving the overall appearance of stretch marks.  Either way, multiple treatments are required for optimal results

... has been reported BUT-

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... there are no ''great'' treatments for stretch marks, however the best combination to date is the use of V Beam laser with vitamin a (tretinoin) ONLY for red, purple, and pink early stretch marks. IPL can help reduce early stretch marks. The older the stretch marks (white), the poorer the response. New treatments such as RF, or fractional laser can reduce old stretch marks but the improvement is unpredictable, and minimal. 


Dr Davin Lim
Laser Dermatologist


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Intense Pulse Light can be beneficial for pigmentation (redness) of stretchmarks, which may benefit the appearance of stretchmarks.  But IPL will not directly improve the lines themselves.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 231 reviews

IPL for stretch marks

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IPL can help the redness fade from new stretch marks and will stimulate the skin to thicken for improvement.  Old stretch marks can be treated with fractional CO2 lasers to thicken the skin and smudge the look of stretch marks.  There is no treatment to bring back the pigment from silvery-white stretch marks.  Overall, there can be some improvement in stretch marks, but they usually do not completely disappear.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

Stretch Marks

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Stretch marks is very difficult to treat, and there is not a consistently good treatment to eliminate stretch marks.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

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