The Icon laser is a non-ablative laser that is used to treat a variety of skin conditions. It is also a fractional laser in which the laser is divided into thousands of tiny beams that each target a microscopic area of skin. The Icon laser can penetrate deeply enough to stimulate the growth of elastin and collagen that improve the volume, texture and tone of the skin. The Icon laser can be used to treat stretch marks, scars and wrinkles. It can also be used to remove hair and treat acne. This versatile laser works well on all types of skin.
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a type of scar that look like stripes or lines that often appear on the thighs, abdomen, back, buttocks, arms, hips or breasts. They are caused by drastic changes in weight, like that seen in pregnancy, growth spurts or marked weight loss or weight gain. In many cases, the development of stretch marks is associated with hormonal changes, like those seen in pregnancy or during rapid growth. The hormonal and weight changes cause the dermis to tear, and the stretch marks appear to be red at first. As they age and heal, the stretch marks become whitish or silvery. They can also have a different texture from the rest of the skin and be slightly indented. Stretch marks can also be caused by medications like cortisone that interfere with collagen production.
How is Icon Used to Treat Stretch Marks?
Stretch mark treatment is an outpatient procedure that is performed in the comfort of our office. The client will generally need to undergo a series of treatment sessions for the desired results. During the treatment, the laser penetrates the skin and reaches the dermis, where the energy and heat stimulate the production of collagen. The collagen tightens the skin. At the end of the treatment, the client’s skin will be somewhat pink, but they are not likely to experience any other side effects. There will be no blistering or peeling that requires post-treatment care.
It will take time for the results to become apparent since it usually takes months for the new collagen to grow in. The client may start to notice a difference about a month after the treatment. The growth of the new collagen will gradually reach its peak over time.
Contact Us Today
During a consultation at Northern California Wellness in El Dorado Hills, you can learn more about how the Icon laser can be used to treat your stretch marks. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and get started!