Stretch marks. Nobody likes them, but only a small percentage of the population is immune to getting stretch marks. Chances are, most of us will have to deal with them at some point – whether through normal growth spurts, pregnancy, or weight gain.
At first, your stretch marks don’t look too bad. They appear as flat red lines that you assume that they will go away. Over time, they turn into mildly depressed white streaks. Common places that stretch marks appear are your underarms, arms, stomach, hips, buttocks, inner and outer thighs. Sadly, without treatment, stretch marks are there to stay.
What Causes Stretch Marks
Simply put, stretch marks are actually scars. When you grow quickly, the elastic fibers of the dermis of your skin stretch in response causing inflammation and eventually scarring (stretch marks). Certain medical conditions can also cause or exacerbate stretch marks. Although stretch marks are not harmful, they can cause discomfort due to itching.
Many people find stretch marks unsightly and want to be rid of them. Unfortunately, home remedies such as creams and lotions are ineffective. You may have experienced the frustration of trying to eliminate stretch marks on your own to no avail.
So should you just give up? Absolutely not! Thanks to the wonders of modern laser technology – called the Cynosure fractional laser – the appearance of stretch marks can be drastically diminished through a series of simple outpatient treatments.
What to Expect with Cynosure Fractional Laser Treatment
During your treatment, the device releases energy over your stretch marks which helps your skin’s dermis produce healthy new collagen and elastin. A topical anesthetic can be helpful to lessen the sensation of the treatment, which is typically 15 – 45 minutes in length.
The Cynosure fractional laser offers several other benefits as well, including:
- Faster recovery time than other cosmetic procedures
- The ability to precisely target your stretch marks while leaving surrounding skin undisturbed
- Minimal discomfort and low downtime
- Allows your medical provider to give you the most comprehensive and individualized treatment possible
With the Cynosure fractional laser, most people achieve the results they desire in three to six sessions. If you have mild swelling, it should disappear within a few days. Flaking skin is normal and can be treated with a topical moisturizer.
No matter how you acquired your stretch marks, you don’t have to live with them forever. If you’d like to schedule an appointment and learn more about Vivid’s customized treatment for stretch marks, please click here.
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