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I'm a Michigan-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has been featured on Dr. 90210. The info here is my opinion alone and should not be taken as fact or as medical advice. I've not treated any of the celebrities presented here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

FDA Clears Laser to Treat Stretch Marks

The FDA has recently cleared a fractional laser for treating stretch marks. In clinical studies the Lux1540 produced an average of 51-75% reduction in stretch marks. This is the first fractional laser that I know of which has been cleared to treat stretch marks.

I find it extremely rare to see stretch marks after breast augmentation such as in Kate Beckinsale's photo here. In the past five years I think I've seen maybe three of my patients who've developed stretch marks after breast implants. Surprisingly, all three patients did not have large implants placed. All the implants were around 350cc. In these situations we've utilized a pulse-dye laser with pretty good results. It usually takes several treatments though. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely erase stretch marks without actually cutting them out (and trading them for a scar).

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Nicola said...

I think Kate's stretchmarks are the result of breastfeeding not implants.

Christie_Love said...

Yes, I was going to say the same thing...I know she has a child, and hers don't look at all like excessively large implants.

Jessica said...

I agree with Nicola - that picture was taken right after she had her last child...I remember it specifically because I wondered how she got her body back into shape so fast!!

Dr. Tony Youn said...

I doubt that her stretchmarks are from implants, and would agree they are probably from breastfeeding and/or pregnancy.