Stretch Marks

Traditional treatments for reducing stretch marks include using oil and frankincense, however, these options have not been proven to show promising results.

Those who have been pregnant or have gained weight might notice stretch marks. These off-color marks tend to appear despite our best efforts to control change in weight. Traditional treatments for reducing stretch marks include using essential oils, however, these options have not been proven to show promising results. Modern serum and topical solutions exist as well, but their effectiveness is equally questionable. When it comes to stretch marks, an aesthetic treatment may be the most efficacious. Travis Shaw, MD is proud to offer stretch mark treatment options to those who want them gone!

woman's hip with stretch marks

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks, also known as striae, appear as areas of scarring and discoloration along certain parts of the body. Stretch marks are common among pregnant women, but may also occur due to adolescent growth spurts and change in weight. These marks happen due to an increase in cortisone. When levels of this hormone elevate, they reduce skin pliability and in turn lead to stretching. Cortisone prevents fibroblasts from forming collagen and elastin fibers,  leading to the ridges in the skin typically associated with stretch marks.

Stretch marks on the side of the hip

Stretch Mark Treatment Options

Vivace RF Microneedling

This FDA-approved treatment combines radio frequency and micro-needling to deliver dual-acting skin rejuvenation. The device works by causing micro-injuries through the use of tiny needles. The injuries promote collagen growth that is further accelerated by radio-frequency heat. This treatment provides immediate skin rejuvenation and assures gradual reduction of stretch marks.

Lumenis Ultrapulse CO2

This laser rejuvenation system uses a continuous series of short-period pulses to improve skin texture. The laser energy used by the Ultrapulse essentially vaporizes target tissue without causing damage to other areas of the body. Treatment with this laser system can be customized to fit specific skin types and aesthetic goals. The end result is a smoother, more radiant skin texture achieved with minimal side effects.

Expected Treatment Results

Stretch mark reduction treatments can vary in scope and duration based on stretch mark location and scope. However, both of these treatment options promise a dramatic improvement in tone, texture, and overall skin appearance following treatment. Several sessions may be required to achieve optimal results.


Stretch Mark Treatment in Richmond, Virginia

If you’re ready to live stretch mark free, consider contacting Travis Shaw, MD. Make an appointment to discuss stretch mark treatment by texting/calling (804) 775-4559 or submitting your information via the form below. We look forward to discussing our stretch mark treatment options with you.


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