Using laser ablation to treat stretch marks

Written by: Dr Firas Al-Niaimi
Edited by: Emily Lawrenson

Beautiful, flawless skin doesn't have to be a stretch! Leading London-based dermatologist Dr Firas Al-Niaimi performs many types of skin rejuvenation treatments, specialising specifically in the use of laser technology. Here he explains how skin rejuvenation techniques can help improve the appearance of stretch marks.

Why do we get stretch marks?

Stretch marks affect the majority of the population at some point in their lives, particularly in women as a side effect of pregnancy. Other causes of stretch marks involve rapid weight gain, and also they can appear during puberty when we experience significant growth spurts over a short space of time.

Stretch marks appear as long and thin vein-like marks that fade over time, first appearing as a reddish-purple colour and progressing to more of a silvery-white hue. Most often, stretch marks occur in areas where fat is stored, such as the tummy, buttocks, thighs and breasts, although they can affect almost all areas of the body. Over-the-counter creams and oils never truly deliver on the results they promise when it comes to treating stretch marks.

CO2 and non-ablative laser treatment for stretch marks

Although it may seem we are stuck with them for a lifetime, stretch marks can sometimes fade over time, and advanced laser treatment demonstrates remarkable results in speeding up this process. Dr Firas Al-Niaimi offers both ablative and nonablative laser treatment from his private Harley Street practice, and the best suited treatment for you will depend on the severity of the marks. Ablative treatment is a more than fitting choice for the treatment of more severe stretch marks, as the highly precise laser technology works by removing the outer skin layers to reveal smoother skin beneath. On the other hand, mild stretch marks will benefit more from non-ablative treatment whereby the laser works to stimulate the production of new and healthy collagen to repair the existing damage.
To find out more information about stretch mark treatment, or any other expert laser treatment, don't hesitate to contact Dr Firas Al-Niaimi via Top Doctors - you can request your appointment online quickly and easily here.


By Dr Firas Al-Niaimi

Dr Firas Al-Niaimi is a highly-respected and experienced consultant dermatologist with an international standing and over 15 of years medical experience specialising in skin cancer surgery, laser procedures, medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. He is based in London's prestigious Harley Street and has NHS affiliation. 

In addition to his specialist training at one of the most prestigious dermatology centres in the UK, he trained for a further year in the advanced study of dermatological surgery, Moh's and laser procedures at St John's Institute of Dermatology, a leading institute in dermatological advances, research and education. This was followed by advanced lasers and cosmetic dermatology training in Pennsylvania and Arizona in the USA.

His scientific research portfolio is impressive with over 150 scientific publications, 8 book chapters and a book of his own, making him one of the country’s most prolific and well-published dermatologists. Dr Al-Niaimi is also a member of advisory boards for several well-respected journals, and his opinions are sought after by numerous pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and laser companies, such is his expertise in the field. He is regularly invited to speak at locations and conferences around the world to present his work and expertise and has given over 200 presentations in 35 countries so far. He has performed thousands of procedures and is very skilled in all aspects of dermatology.

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