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Fractional Laser Receives FDA Clearance for Treating Stretch Marks

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 27, 2010

Since stretch marks are very difficult to treat topically once they have formed, many individuals that want to get rid of stretch marks permanently must pursue cosmetic procedures that improve the appearance of the skin from inside out.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the fractional laser for the treatment of stretch marks, which means that many medical spas and cosmetic surgeons that currently use the non-ablative laser for facial treatments can now begin offer stretch mark removal procedures.

The Lux1540™ Fractional non-ablative laser hand piece is the first device to have received clearance by the FDA for stretch mark removal. Results of clinical studies show that those who had been treated with the Lux1540 laser achieved a 51 to 75 percent improvement in the texture and tone of their skin. The results were based on a blinded review of photographs that compared the skin in its pre-treatment state, to the skin approximately three months after treatment.

According to Vic Narurkar, MD, a dermatologist in San Francisco, California and a former president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, “Our experience with the Palomar Lux1540 is consistent with the results seen in Europe…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.” (Source:

The treatment process works with a single application of the laser device directly onto the skin’s surface. The heat and energy from the laser help to contract the dermal tissues and promote collagen production. Over time, this helps to restore the damaged skin and also resurfaces the broken skin so that it appears smoother and becomes more resilient.

More information about the fractional laser can be found here.


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