Vascular Birth Marks and Stretch Marks

Are visible lines or streaks that appear on the skin due to rapid stretching and growth, commonly caused by pregnancy, weight gain, or puberty. These factors can lead to the stretching and subsequent tearing of the dermis, the middle layer of the skin.

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Vascular Birthmarks

A red, pink, or purple blemish – are caused by abnormal blood vessels under the skin at birth or shortly after. Birthmarks, including Port-wine Stains (PWS) can be treated using the following laser and light devices:

  • Pulse Dye Laser (PDL) is commonly used to treat vascular birthmarks. The laser emits a concentrated beam of light that targets and destroys the blood vessels, gradually lightening or eliminating the birthmark.
  • Intense Pulse Light (IPL) utilizes a broad spectrum of light wavelengths that can selectively target melanin, the pigment responsible for the discoloration in birthmarks. The light energy is absorbed by the pigmented cells, leading to their fragmentation and subsequent elimination by the body’s natural processes

Stretch marks (striae)

Stretch marks can be treated using the following laser and light devices:

  1. CO2 or ALMA Hybrid Laser can effectively improve the appearance of stretch marks by stimulating collagen production and promoting skin remodeling, leading to a reduction in their visibility and smoother skin texture.
  2. Pulse Dye Laser (PDL) is an effective option for reducing the appearance by targeting the blood vessels and stimulating collagen production in the affected areas.

Combining both CO2 laser with pulse dye laser is a powerful approach to treating stretch marks, as it allows for both skin resurfacing and targeted vascular laser therapy to address the redness and texture of stretch marks simultaneously.

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