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The Secret to Getting Rid of Stretch Marks

The Secret to Getting Rid of Stretch Marks

Whether you have stretch marks from pregnancy, a growth spurt during adolescence, or a bout of weight gain, you probably don’t appreciate those lines hanging around. Unfortunately, most of the store-bought stretch mark solutions are only minimally effective, and they only work for new stretch marks.

That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with your old stretch marks, though. At our offices — on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City and in Madison, Connecticut — we strive to offer leading-edge solutions to the most common cosmetic woes. That includes stretch marks, which Norman J. Pastorek, MD, Janice Pastorek, BSN, RN, and our team treat with an innovation solution called PRX Derm Perfexion

How PRX Derm Perfexion works for stretch marks

This treatment uses a combination of 33% trichloroacetic acid (TCA), kojic acid, and hydrogen peroxide. We apply it to your skin like a chemical peel, but it doesn’t cause any peeling. Instead, the active ingredients go to work to encourage cell turnover, reducing the appearance of imperfections in your skin. 

That means that as the PRX Derm Perfexion works to fade your stretch marks, it also addresses sun damage and rough skin texture. At the same time, it boosts hydration in the treated area and fights against skin laxity. All told, PRX Derm Perfexion doesn’t just target your stretch marks — it gives you a way to improve the overall appearance of your skin in the treated area. 

This treatment is safe to use on all skin types.

What to expect with PRX Derm Perfexion

Here’s the great news: PRX Derm Perfexion is safe to use during the summer. While other dermatologists might recommend chemical peels to help with stretch marks, you have to stay out of the sun after those treatments. PRX Derm Perfexion isn’t photosensitizing, meaning it doesn’t increase your sensitivity to the sun. As a result, you can get it any time you want — even before a big beach trip. 

The actual treatment to get PRX Derm Perfexion is completely comfortable, and it usually takes about a half an hour. You go home with a specific skin care regimen to apply to the area in the weeks that follow. 

You should see results after your first treatment, but repeat sessions will fade your stretch marks more and more. We often recommend 4-6 treatments, especially for people with old stretch marks. Usually, we space these treatments a week or two apart. 

For two weeks after any PRX Derm Perfexion treatment, don’t use retinol or any other exfoliants on the treated area. Other than that, you don’t need to make any changes or worry about any downtime after treatment. 

If you’re bothered by stretch marks, don’t hesitate to talk to our team about PRX Derm Perfexion. To get started, call either of our offices or book your appointment online today.

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