Laser Therapy: From Stretch Marks to Tattoo Removal

Woman with tattoo laser removal Laser Therapy: From Stretch Marks to Tattoo Removal

Laser therapy can restore and brighten the skin to create an even appearance. And if you’re dealing with a skin issue like acne, wrinkles, or unwanted tattoos, this treatment might be right for you. Here are the main conditions that this cosmetic dermatology treatment can address.

Where Laser Therapy Helps Skin

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks appear when the skin grows or shrinks rapidly, and these lines can become permanent over time. Dermatologists will often recommend laser stretch mark removal for clients wanting to fade the appearance of these scars. During treatment, the laser will stimulate the growth of new skin cells. This resurfacing process can lead to a smoother appearance over time. Just keep in mind that these results can be more drastic on newer stretch marks.

Acne & Acne Scars

Laser treatment for acne involves a high frequency laser that eliminates bacteria and reduces inflammation. However, some people may choose to receive laser treatment for acne scars as well. During this process, a restorative laser stimulates collagen production to resurface the skin. While it can take several treatments to notice results, most clients will see clearer skin within several weeks or months.


The resurfacing effect of lasers can also be effective for filling in wrinkles. Laser therapy can boost collagen production and skin cell growth to fill in fine wrinkles. Dermatologists may recommend laser treatment to target specific areas, such as crows feet around the eyes. Just keep in mind that skin sagging or deep wrinkles may require other types of treatment like dermal fillers.


Individuals with rosacea often struggle with visible blood vessels. Laser treatment can help this issue, as well as skin thickening. Most patients with rosacea also have about a 20% reduction in redness following laser treatment. Laser treatment is often just one part of a rosacea treatment plan.


Dermatologists may recommend laser treatment for psoriasis. Lasers can target psoriasis plaques without harming the healthy skin around the area. This treatment is typically best for controlling the growth of moderate psoriasis. More severe cases may require other treatments.


A restorative laser can help resurface the skin to address pigmentation irregularities. Your dermatologist may recommend this treatment if you have a condition like melasma, sun damage, or general brown spots. There are also vitiligo laser treatments available to even out skin tone. While you may require several treatments to see results, this type of laser treatment requires no downtime.

Spider Veins

There are several treatments available to treat spider veins and small varicose veins, but laser therapy is one of the most effective. During laser treatment for spider veins, the dermatologist will direct the laser frequency at the vein to destroy it. The vein typically disappears within one to three months, and some patients will require several treatments.


Laser tattoo removal is an effective and safe way to eliminate unwanted ink. A dermatologist will direct intense laser pulses at the tattoo. These pulses break up the tattoo ink, which the body eventually absorbs and filters out through the lymphatic system. The size and color of a tattoo will determine how difficult it will be to remove. Your dermatologist will estimate how many treatments you’ll need.

Interested in laser therapy for your skin concerns? The skin experts at Pacific Dermatology Specialists offer laser treatments among our set of cosmetic dermatology services. With locations in Long Beach, CA and other locations around the Greater Los Angeles area, we also provide medical and surgical services to support your skin’s health. Contact us today to get started.

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