What are stretch marks?
When your skin stretches rapidly, it puts stress on the collagen and elastin and causes a tear in their fibers. As your body tries to heal, a pinkish, red, brown, or white scar-like formation called a stretch mark forms.
Stretch marks can form anywhere on your body, including your buttocks, hips, thighs, abdomen, and back.
What causes stretch marks?
You get stretch marks when you gain and lose weight quickly. Your skin is rapidly stretching and contracting to accommodate your new size. This typically happens during:
- A growth spurt
Many bodybuilders get stretch marks when they bulk up quickly or have a period of quick rapid muscle growth.
How can I get rid of stretch marks?
Creams and serums that are widely available in drugstores and on grocery aisles offer minimal improvement. At Hillside Medical Clinic, you have access to state-of-the-art fractional laser therapy with the Icon™ laser aesthetic system.
The team at Hillside Medical Clinic uses the Icon laser to deploy laser light deep into your tissues to reduce discoloration, and smooth uneven tone and texture. Depending on how pervasive your stretch marks are, they customize the wavelength and handpieces accordingly.
Since your collagen production decreases as you get older, it’s helpful to get Icon therapy for stretch marks because it activates the production of new collagen, which is a building block for healthy skin.
The Icon is also a popular treatment option if you want to remove unwanted hair, minimize spider veins, or decrease scars and wrinkles.
What can I expect from stretch marks treatment?
Treatment with the Icon laser is noninvasive and does not cause any pain. You can choose to relax with or without Nitronox. Your provider gently guides the laser over and around each stretch mark scar and depending on the extent of your stretch marks, you can expect to be in and out of the office in about 30 minutes.
As the new collagen forms, your stretch marks recede and your skin texture improves. This happens gradually over the course of a few weeks or months. Your provider details how many sessions you’ll need and exactly what you can expect.
When you’re ready to minimize your stretch marks, call Hillside Medical Clinic to schedule an appointment or use the online booking feature.
Family Medicine & Medical Aesthetics located in Salem, UT
Stretch marks are a common skin concern, so you’re not alone. At Hillside Medical Clinic in Salem, Utah, you have access to TempSure™ Icon™ innovative fractional laser therapy to reduce and minimize your stretch marks. Make an appointment with the providers who specialize in stretch marks treatment or use the online scheduling feature to book at your convenience.