Actual Patient of Dr. Ablon
  • Acne scar treatments by Dr. Glynis Ablon at Ablon Skin Institute
  • Stretch mark removal at Ablon Skin Institute, Manhattan Beach, CA

Remove Unsightly Scars &
Stretch Marks

A scar can develop on the skin any time there is injury or trauma to the skin. Sometimes, a more severe type of scar develops, which may be red and raised (hypertrophic) or grow into a large nodule that extends beyond the margins of the original wound (keloid). Hypertrophic scars and keloids affect an estimated 4.5% to 15% of the population. Treatment methods such as excision, freezing, electrocautery, dermabrasion, and steroid injections have been mostly unsuccessful in the treatment of these scars because of their tendency to recur.

Laser surgery using fractional ablative and non-ablative technology has been shown to improve hypertrophic scars, keloids, and stretch marks by reducing their redness and thickness, altering the skin texture to one that is more normal, improving pliability (softness), and eliminating symptoms, such as burning and itching.

As few as one or two laser treatments are usually necessary; however, with thicker scars and stretch marks several more sessions may be needed to achieve the desired amount of scar improvement. The treatments are delivered every 4 to 6 weeks to allow adequate time for proper healing of the skin.

Immediately after treatment, the area may appear bruised or reddened. After about 1 to 2 weeks, the scar begins to appear less red and becomes flatter and softer. You may notice mild itching during the healing phase, which is a normal response.

Existing laser research and clinical evidence indicates that laser surgery is safe, but there is no guarantee that laser treatment will be able to treat your scars or stretch marks completely.

Although the side effects of this procedure are minimal, there is a small risk that complications such as swelling, infection, and an allergic response to topical ointment could occur. In patients with darker skin tones, hyperpigmentation (or a brownish skin discoloration) within the laser-treated scar may develop, which will eventually disappear. When used properly, the pulsed laser should not lead to additional scarring.

To schedule a consultation, call (310) 727-DERM (3376).