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Stretch Marks and ReLume Treatment

For years many people have been told that conventional stretch mark treatments only work on newer red and purple colored stretch marks.  Those of us with the silvery white stretch marks that were formed years ago have been out of luck for treatment options.  We could either have cosmetic surgery to remove our stretch marks or we could learn to live with them. Now we have more options since new forms of light therapy have been shown to drastically reduce the appearance of older stretch marks that have turned white and silvery.

What is ReLume Therapy?

The FDA has recently approved the ReLume Intense Pulsed Light device to treat stretch marks and scars that have lost their natural skin color.  Keep in mind that this procedure does not remove stretch marks.  It simply causes theme to return to your natural skin color so they will be much less noticeable.  ReLume stretch mark treatments work best on scars that have lost all natural skin color and that are shallow, such as older stretch marks.  This type of phototherapy is great for all skin types.

Normally, between 6 and 12 visits are needed to observe a 75% to 99% return to normal skin color.  You can expect each ReLume treatment visit to be about 30 minute long.  During your visit, the 290 to 320 nanometer pulsed light is targetted onto the stretch marks being treated.  The light is a therapeutic UVB light which jump starts melanin production in the areas where pigmentation has been lost.

After treatment, you will be advised to avoid exposure to sunlight for a couple of days.  You will also be expected to use a sunscreen as protection throughout your treatment time.

Maintenance treatments are usually recommended to keep melanin production stimulated in your stretch marks.  Some people choose to have maintenance ReLume treatments approximately every 4 weeks.  There are a few people who may not need maintenance treatments for their stretch marks.

Treating your stretch marks with ReLume light therapy is a painless procedure.  Very mild side effects could include redness or irritation around the treated area. These symptoms could occur 4 to 24 hours after treatment and usually go away with no additional remedies being required.

Talk with your doctor to see if your stretch marks could benefit from ReLume light therapy treatments.  ReLume treatments could offer you a way to noticeably reduce the appearance of your older mature stretch marks without having to resort to cosmetic surgery.

Disclaimer:  The information provided within this site is not meant to be a substitute for a medical doctor's opinion.  This site is for informational purposes ONLY.  Please check with your medical practitioner before any type of treatment or prevention method is started.

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