Stretch marks can be embarrassing — and stubborn, too. While stretch mark creams might be able to fade the marks a little bit, they’re never able to actually smooth and firm your skin to make it look healthy again. That’s where laser stretch mark reduction at Open Water Medical in Beaufort, Morehead City, and Zebulon, North Carolina, can help. To dramatically reduce your stretch marks in a short series of treatments, book your appointment by phone or through the online scheduler today.
The CynoSure® Icon™ laser can treat nearly any type of stretch marks, including stretch marks that come from pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, and those left over from the rapid growth of puberty. You can get stretch mark reduction on your abdomen, hips, thighs, upper arms, or in virtually any other area where they're a concern.
First, your Open Water Medical care provider smooths an anesthetic cream over the treatment area if you need it. You'll wear protective eyewear while your provider moves the handpiece over your stretch marks. The Icon fractional laser breaks your stretch mark tissue down, and you'll get rid of that old tissue gradually via your lymphatic system.
The laser also works below your skin. The laser light transforms into heat as it moves into your deeper skin layers. That heat triggers fresh tissue creation, and that new tissue gradually moves up to replace the stretch marks. The overall result is smoother, healthier looking skin.
That depends on a few factors including the depth of your stretch marks and the size of the treatment area. For most patients, around four to eight total treatments are enough for excellent stretch mark reduction results.
No, there's no downtime required. Many patients schedule their laser stretch mark reduction sessions during the day and then return to their regular schedule immediately. Treatments can take as little as 30 minutes each.
You'll see results gradually, with improvement after every session. Your stretch marks lighten, and your skin gets firmer and smoother until treatments are complete.
Anytime that you stretch the skin very rapidly (usually, this happens with weight gain or pregnancy) there's a chance of stretch marks developing. But, if you maintain a healthy weight, there's no reason to expect your stretch marks to return after stretch mark reduction treatments.
If you’re sick of your stretch marks, reach out to Open Water Medical by phone or through the online scheduler to make your stretch mark reduction appointment now.