Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
Have you had success treating small white stretch marks? The internet has allot of mixed confusing information but it seems a fractional CO2 laser is best. Can you please give me some advice. I have hundreds on my thighs, bottom, hips. I am not overweight (never have been), eat extremely healthy and have tried everything from oils to glycolic, to derma rollers and retin A cream. NOTHING works and nothing prevents them.
This is a very difficult problem to treat. In my experience, any improvement that is made is marginal. I have had some improvements most with the Fraxel laser (not the fractional co2 laser). The Fraxel laser used at its 1550nm wavelength can help to improve skin texture and slightly reduce stretch marks.
The case I performed with the fractional co2 laser didn’t have much result, and caused some hyperpigmentation on a staff member that is very fair!
Either way, there is not a big change with lasers and stretch marks. You are right in that nothing will solve the problem.