What is best Treatment for Stretch Marks and Dark Skin?

I am African American and have pretty dark skin. Are there different stretch mark treatment for dark skinned people as opposed to light skin? My stretch marks are pretty prominent as a result of having children. I would love to learn more about how to make these marks less visible in the long run.


F, 38, New Jersey

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The concern with the treatment of stretch marks in dark skin is the associated hyperpigmentation.  This browning of the skin is from the inflammation associated with the treatment and can take as long as 3 months to resolve.

Intracell RF miconeedling is our most common treatment in these cases.  It gives a low ( but not zero) risk of hyperpigmentation matched with good results.  

We found good results with fractional lasers, but the hyperpigmentation makes this treatment less acceptable.  If hyperpigmentation has to be minimized than straight microneedling is offered, but results are less