During laser treatments for stretch marks, a laser is used to remove the outer layer of the skin around the mark. The remaining skin cells then initiate a healing process to produce more skin that covers the mark.
What is a Stretch Mark?
A stretch mark is basically a scar. When the skin is stretched beyond its capacity, the dermis tears and a visible scar forms under the skin. Stretch marks are associated with rapid increases in size of a particular body area. They frequently form during pregnancy and can also form during growth spurts at puberty. Body-builders and obese individuals can also develop these marks. They are most common on the abdomen, but they can form in any area, such as the thighs, buttocks, back, and arms.
A Look at Laser Treatment
The Icon™ Aesthetic System is an advanced multi-functional laser unit that can be used to provide a wide variety of benefits. It has a built-in cooling mechanism to protect the skin during treatment and an automatic method of measuring skin color to allow the professional to precisely adjust the settings for each individual’s skin type.
During treatment for stretch marks, the laser is used to remove thin strips of skin around the mark. The resulting healing process creates new skin that reduces or completely eliminates the appearance of these blemishes.
The treatment is performed in the comfort of our office. Thanks to the advanced cooling mechanism of the Icon™ system, patients rarely experience much discomfort. In the weeks following the treatment, new skin will grow and cover the stretch mark.
How Effective is the Treatment?
The efficacy depends on how old the stretch mark is, and how bad it is. Newly formed marks may be completely hidden after one treatment. Older marks may require repeated treatments to completely conceal them. It all depends on the unique situation. In general, this form of laser treatment for stretch marks is very safe.
There are a wide variety of creams and lotions available on the market that claim to eliminate or reduce stretch marks. However, these products tend to not work very well, if at all. Thanks to the Icon™ Aesthetic System, our team at Northern California Wellness in El Dorado Hills can minimize the appearance of stretch marks. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more!