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Fractional Laser FDA Cleared for Stretch Marks


The FDA has just cleared a fractional resurfacing laser to treat stretch marks.

Stretch marks are all too familiar for the majority of moms and many others who have either lost or gained a significant amount of weight. The skin can only stretch so far and when the skin has to stretch to accommodate additional weight, at a certain point, it tears. Stretch marks are actually scars and while there are many creams out there that claim to reduce their appearance, in the past nothing has really worked.

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Stretch marks depicted on a model

Now, moms have new hope in the Lux1540 fractional non-ablative laser from Palomar. The FDA recently approved the laser for the treatment of stretch marks, or striae, and clinical studies have shown that subjects treated with the Lux1540 achieved an average improvement of between 51% and 75% in the appearance of their stretch marks.

Dr. Vic Narurkar, MD, a dermatologist in San Francisco, CA and past president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery says that, "For the right patient, the Lux1540 provides a laser treatment option for stretch marks that offers significant improvement. The non-ablative fractional laser allows for comfortable treatments with little to no impact on the patient's daily activities."

Robert Weiss, MD, director of the Maryland Laser, Skin, and Vein Institute and immediate past president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, added, "I have tested many of the available fractional lasers, and Palomar's Lux1540 looks to fulfill a long sought after need for a comfortable treatment with very high patient satisfaction for stretch marks."

The Lux1540 is a handpiece used with Palomar's StarLux system. Fractional resurfacing is unlike traditional laser devices. They treat only a fraction of skin at a time, leaving healthy skin surrounding the area intact for fast healing. Rather than a large beam of energy, there are several smaller energy columns that leave undamaged spaces of skin in between - resulting in greater patient comfort and quicker healing.