When the skin is stretched too far too fast, the deep skin layers can tear apart, inducing scar tissue that forms to repair the tear. Stretch marks commonly form during pregnancy, when the rapidly growing fetus stretches the skin of the abdomen. They can also form during growth spurts during puberty and in response to rapid weight gain. Once formed, they do not heal on their own and leave visible lines behind. Thankfully, Icon laser stretch mark removal can fade or eliminate these marks and return the skin to a normal appearance.
The Icon Laser
The Icon laser system is manufactured by Cynosure. It is a multi-functional laser system that can be used for many different purposes. For stretch mark removal, non-ablative fractional energy is delivered for the treatment of scars and stretch marks. The laser system is currently the only system on the market that has received FDA approval for stretch mark removal.
How It Works
The fractional laser breaks up the energy of the laser into thousands of tiny light beams that penetrate the skin and then are absorbed by the scar tissues in the stretch mark. The energy induces the scar tissue to gradually break down and be reabsorbed by the body, and the gradual loss of the scar tissue allows the body’s natural healing processes to produce normal skin tissue to replace the scar tissue, reducing the visibility of the stretch marks.
How Many Treatments are Necessary?
Since the treatment harnesses the body’s natural healing properties, it takes time before the results become apparent. Most patients need a series of treatments at spaced out intervals before they are satisfied with the appearance of their stretch marks. The marks will gradually become narrower and shorter after this stretch mark removal treatment as new skin cells replace the scar tissue. In some cases, after completion of the stretch mark treatment series, a different treatment to adjust the pigmentation in the area of the stretch mark may be used in order to completely return the local skin to its pre-stretch mark appearance.
If you are bothered by stretch marks, make an appointment at Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery for an Icon laser stretch mark removal treatment. Contact us today to book your consultation at our office in Tampa.