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Treatment Options to Get Rid of Your Stretch Marks

Stretch marks aren’t painful, but they certainly can be painful to look at. For some people, stretch marks aren’t a cause for concern. But for others, these wavy, tiger-like stripes can wreck their self-esteem.

Thankfully, there’s a way to reduce stretch marks while making your skin look healthy and firm. We’re talking about the CynoSure® Icon™ laser system. And we offer this state-of-the-art treatment here at Open Water Medical with three locations in North Carolina.

What causes stretch marks and are they preventable?

Stretch marks form when your skin rapidly stretches or shrinks. This sudden change stresses your skin fibers and ruptures the connective tissue. These ruptures show up as long, narrow, wavy streaks. Although stretch marks aren’t dangerous, many people see them as a cosmetic concern.


Pregnancy is a common cause of stretch marks. Puberty, rapid weight gain or loss, and certain medical conditions can also cause stretch marks.


You can’t always prevent stretch marks, and several factors contribute to their development and appearance. 

For example, collagen is a type of protein that our skin needs to maintain firmness and elasticity. Lower collagen levels mean less elastic skin, resulting in more prominent stretch marks. 

And the amount of collagen we produce depends on factors such as age, hormone levels, and lifestyle choices.

Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding yo-yo diets can prevent weight fluctuations and stretch marks. Pregnant women can minimize their appearance with a healthy diet and exercise too.

Can lotions or creams treat stretch marks?

Many creams, lotions, and oils claim to treat stretch marks and reduce their appearance. Unfortunately, there’s not enough evidence to support all of these claims.

That’s not to say that applying a cream or lotion can’t help stretch marks, though. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (ADA), their effectiveness depends on how early you start applying them. Mature stretch marks often don’t respond to these products, but using them early on may help some. 

Though some people notice a slight difference in the appearance of their stretch marks, the downside, however, is that these creams can’t smooth your skin or restore its elasticity.

Reduce stretch marks and restore firmness with the Icon laser system

One of the best ways to drastically improve the appearance of stretch marks is with the CynoSure Icon laser system.

The Icon system directs laser energy to your stretch marks. The device transmits light that heats up your scar tissue and breaks it down. 

Your lymphatic system then removes it as waste, and over time, new skin tissue replaces the stretch marks. The laser energy also triggers new collagen production which restores firmness and gives your skin a smoother look and feel.

In short, laser stretch mark reduction jump-starts your body’s natural healing process to create smooth, firm, and healthier-looking skin.

Get started with laser stretch mark reduction

Our team at Open Water Medical wants you to look and feel your best. That’s why we use the Icon laser system. There’s no downtime, and treatment sessions can take as little as 30 minutes to complete. Your skin gradually gets smoother and firmer, and the stretch marks fade over time.

Ready to get rid of those stretch marks and take back your confidence? Get in touch with Open Water Medical by phone or use our online booking tool to schedule your consultation.

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