Stretch marks occur as a result of pregnancy or significant changes in weight. While not harmful, they may cause loss of self-esteem or even depression. Laser surgery is an expensive cosmetic procedure that correct stretch marks and can cost thousands of dollars.
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A high-energy laser beam is used to remove layers of scarred skin around the stretch marks. This treatment is most effective on new stretch marks and those with a pinkish-brown appearance. Older, silvery stretch marks are harder to remove.
Costs depend on the prevalence of stretch marks, the surgeon's expertise and reputation and location. Removal procedures for fresh marks may be quicker and less expensive than for older, more widespread marks. Established, reputable surgeons would cost more. Broadly speaking, as of June 2010, costs range from $200 to $1,500 per treatment session.
Laser treatment for stretch marks normally requires several sessions, possibly as many as 10. Total treatment expenses could range from $2,000 to $8,000, with a national average cost of $5,100, as of June 2010.
Stretch mark removal is a cosmetic procedure and is not normally covered by most insurance plans.
Clinics recognize that laser surgery is expensive, and offer a variety of payment plans. Plans are flexible, based on your budget and payment capacity. Plans involve smaller payments in affordable installments that spread the cost of your treatment over a few years.