Stretch marks are often the result of pregnancy, rapid weight gain, or weight loss, but you don’t have to live with them forever. Weiping Sarah Mei, MD offers effective treatments for reducing stretch marks with the innovative Icon™ Aesthetic System at her cosmetic medicine and family practice in Long Beach, California. Call the office or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Although men can get them too, stretch marks are a common problem for women as a result of pregnancy, when their skin has to stretch significantly over a short period.
Stretch marks typically occur across the belly, breasts, hips, or thighs. They aren’t painful or a cause for alarm, but you may feel distressed or self-conscious about they way they look.
Besides pregnancy, stretch marks sometimes appear if you rapidly lose or gain a significant amount of weight. Your skin’s cortisone level is also a contributing factor in developing stretch marks. Cortisone, a hormone your body naturally produces, weakens the elastic fibers in your skin, making it easier for it to stretch, and therefore, create stretch marks.
Creams and lotions that restore collagen may help your stretch marks fade over time, but for many adults, stretch marks don’t go away on their own.
If you’re looking for a highly effective solution for stretch mark reduction, the Icon 1540 laser by CynoSure® may be the answer. The Icon laser uses short pulses of laser light to target stretch mark tissue below the surface of your skin and diminishes its appearance while leaving your surrounding skin unharmed.
This proprietary laser technology combines a high-powered laser with a state-of-the-art cooling system, so you get powerful treatment that’s safe for your skin’s delicate tissue.
The high-speed, non-ablative, fractional laser delivers a large amount of energy, so it has maximum effect on reducing the appearance of stretch marks. It also helps to regenerate new collagen, helping your skin appear smoother and more youthful over time.
Typically, you need 3-5 stretch mark reduction sessions to see smoother, healthier skin. Since each treatment takes 30 minutes with little to no downtime, you can get back to your busy lifestyle without too much inconvenience. As a bonus, the laser treatment itself is easily tolerated with minimal discomfort, and it works on every skin type.
Learn more about the advanced technology of the Icon 1540 laser and find out if it’s right for you. In just a few weeks, your stretch marks could be significantly less noticeable. Call the Long Beach office or schedule a consultation with Dr. Mei using the online booking tool.