Internists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Winter Park, FL
Stretch marks can be an unavoidable part of aging, due to pregnancy, or after losing weight. There’s no need to be unhappy with the look of your skin thanks to the ICON laser aesthetic system by Cynosure. At JS Healthcare in Winter Park, Florida, Dr. Shwetanshu Shukla offers the innovative laser technology to reduce the look of skin imperfections, including stretch marks. To learn more about the benefits of laser treatments on stretch marks, schedule an appointment online or by phone.
Stretch Marks Q & A
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are bands of discolored skin that can range in color from light gray to a bright purple. The marks also have a different texture from healthy skin, feeling slightly ridged rather than smooth. These marks can occasionally feel irritated or itchy.
The condition affects men and women equally. Any part of the body is susceptible to stretch marks, but the lines frequently develop on the:
- Upper arms
What causes stretch marks?
As part of the aging process, the skin loses its natural elasticity which can lead to stretch marks. Other conditions that can cause the skin to stretch too far or too quickly resulting in stretch marks include:
- Weight loss
- Growth spurts
- Use of certain medications
- Disorders of the adrenal gland
What treatments are available for stretch marks?
Dr. Shukla uses the ICON aesthetic laser system to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and discoloration. Through a handheld device, the technology uses fractional laser technology that targets the stretched areas of skin.
Pulsed energy reaches below the surface of the skin and stimulates the immune system’s natural healing response. As a result, the body naturally increases production of collagen and elastin that, over time, improves the smoothness of the skin. Within several weeks, skin improvements are noticeable.
To achieve optimum results, Dr. Shukla may recommend three or more additional treatments to reduce the appearance of discolored stretch marks and smooth out the skin. He creates a custom treatment plan for each patient based on the size of the treatment area and characteristics of the stretch marks.
What are the benefits of stretch mark laser treatments?
The ICON system is effective at reducing the appearance and feel of stretch marks as the result of weight loss or pregnancy. The laser system is non-invasive and offers permanent results, provided the patient maintains a healthy weight.
Other benefits of ICON laser treatments include:
- More powerful than other lasers
- Treatment for all skin types
- In-office treatment
- Painless procedure
- Fast treatment times
- No recovery needed
Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about the benefits of laser treatments for stretch marks.