25 May 2010

It has been revealed that laser treatment could significantly reduce the appearance of unsightly stretch marks. The confidence blighting marks could be reduced by up to 75 per cent with the new non surgical solution. Stretch marks are a common problem for many people, and one that is growing. While it is often thought that the problem is confined to women, particularly following childbirth, it is a condition that also affects men. Also affecting young women and even teenagers, stretch marks can be caused by growth spurts as well as weight fluctuations and can result in silvery marks on the arms, thighs, stomachs, backs and chests of sufferers. While stretch marks are not dangerous, their appearance can damage the confidence of many people, and they can also often be the legacy of a long battle with weight problems - as people's bodies struggle to readjust to large fluctuations in weight. What's more, nine out of ten women in the UK are thought to suffer from stretch marks, reports the Daily Mail. The fractional laser treatment, dubbed the Lux1540, is the only one of its kind to have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Clinical trials have also shown positive results and developer Dr Maurice Adatto - a specialist in dermatology - claims the treatment has high success rates and has little or no impact on the patient's daily life. He said: "Clinical studies have shown that patients treated with the Lux1540 laser achieved an average improvement of between 51 per cent and 75 per cent in the appearance of their striae [stretch marks]."