If your stretch marks make you feel self-conscious or less attractive, Rexford Agbenohevi, MD, and the team at Mercy Clinic in Cookeville, Tennessee, can help. Using Cynosure Icon® laser technology, they offer a noninvasive approach to reduce unsightly stretch marks on your hips, legs, abdomen, and more. For a consultation, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Stretch marks are skin blemishes that occur when the body must quickly produce new skin tissue. Stretch marks often develop when there is a rapid increase in fat or muscle tissue, such as in the case of puberty, pregnancy, significant weight gain, or bodybuilding.
When the tissues underlying the skin increase quickly, the body can’t keep up the production of collagen and elastin. Without sufficient amounts of these skin-firming cells, stretch marks develop where the skin is thinner and uneven.
With stretch marks, you may notice variations on your skin that appear long and thin, and pale red, pink, purple, or blue. Stretch marks may develop anywhere on the body, including arms, legs, hips, abdomen, back, or buttocks.
Stretch marks may fade over time, but they don’t ever go away completely. Fortunately, Icon laser therapy can help reduce the appearance of your stretch marks without pain or downtime.
Icon laser treatment utilizes therapeutic, focused light energy to disrupt the skin cells and stimulate the natural healing process. The body responds with increased production of collagen and elastin, as well as other growth factors, which creates new, smoother skin tissue.
Icon treatments tone and improve the quality of your skin and reduce the appearance of your stretch marks without pain, sedation, incisions, or downtime.
Dr. Agbenohevi and the team at Mercy Clinic work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that helps you reach your goals for removing your stretch marks.
At the time of your visit, your aesthetician prepares your skin by cleansing it and applying a specially formulated cooling gel. They provide protective eyewear and use a handheld device to apply direct laser therapy to your stretch marks.
Your Icon therapy session lasts as little as 30 minutes. While you may see some improvement after one session, usually a treatment plan requires 3-5 treatments before you see your best results. Your specific plan of care depends on the severity and location of your stretch marks.
You may return to your normal activities immediately after treatment. You shouldn’t have any significant discomfort. If you have redness or swelling, it should resolve within a few days.
To see how Icon therapy may help with your stretch mark removal, call or schedule an appointment online with Mercy Clinic today.