Can the CO2 DOT laser improve stretch marks?

I have loose skin mixed with light stretch marks around my belly button following my pregnancy 5 1/2 months ago. I am lucky to be back down to my weight (104 lbs. and 5'2, fair skinned), but I am left with some record of my pregnancy on my abdomen! I have been told that my stretch marks are minimal. If I pull my stomach skin tight, you can't even see them. I have heard the C02 DOT laser is very promising in removing stretch marks. My question is, have you heard anything more on this laser to make you believe it actually is effective in removing stretch marks? I am willing to spend money to make them heal, but I just want to know I won't be wasting it. Thank you for your time.

I’m going to say a tentative yes on this one.  While there isn’t much data available yet, different centers around the country are doing it and getting definite improvement in blending the stretch marks (really just a type of scar).   If you decide to go ahead, remember it will take more than one treatment and it will never be "perfect."   Realistic expectations are important.  Good laser centers will always do consults first and give you estimates of what to expect based on your individual situation.  What the laser CAN’T do, is tighten loose skin well.   You may need to address that separately.  Dr. I

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