Stretch Marks

CNS Center of Arizona & Medical AestheticsMedical Aesthetics Center located in Scottsdale, AZ

Stretch marks aren’t a sign of a medical problem, but many people find them unsightly and embarrassing. The highly qualified medical aesthetics team at CNS Center of Arizona & Medical Aesthetics in Scottsdale, Arizona, can help minimize the appearance of your stretch marks using the state-of-the-art Cynosure® Icon™ laser technology. Find out about this painless, noninvasive solution to stretch marks by calling CNS Center of Arizona & Medical Aesthetics today, or book an appointment online.

Stretch Marks Q & A

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are thin lines that appear on your skin in areas of your body where skin growth can’t keep up with the expansion of internal tissues. They typically start as red or purple lines that fade to a silvery-white over time.

Stretch marks aren’t a medical problem, but they can be unsightly and may make you feel self-conscious about how your skin looks.

What causes stretch marks?

Potential causes of stretch marks include:

  • Growth spurts
  • Gaining weight rapidly
  • Pregnancy
  • Bodybuilding
  • Implant surgery
  • Steroid overload

Having insufficient collagen in your skin and underlying tissues also makes a difference to your likelihood of developing stretch marks. Collagen production slows down when levels of the hormone estrogen decrease, so you may see stretch marks developing around the time of your menopause.

Pregnancy not only causes fluctuations in the hormones that affect the strength of skin fibers, but the growing fetus also puts a strain on the skin, making pregnancy a prime time to develop stretch marks.

Where on my body would stretch marks appear?

You could develop stretch marks anywhere where your skin gets overstretched, but the most usual places include:

  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Breasts
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Abdomen

Stretch marks do fade over time and become less noticeable, but Icon laser treatments at CNS Center of Arizona & Medical Aesthetics can reduce their appearance.

What treatments are available for stretch marks?

Stretch marks do not go away on their own, but the skilled medical team at CNS Center of Arizona & Medical Aesthetics uses the state-of-the-art Icon laser platform from Cynosure to carry out highly effective laser treatments to diminish the appearance of stretch marks.

Icon works by using advanced laser technology that breaks down the skin and underlying tissues at the site of each stretch mark. The laser energy triggers your body’s natural healing abilities, promoting the growth of new skin that has less significant blemishes.

Although stretch marks aren’t something you need to worry about from a health point of view, if their appearance is affecting your confidence or lowering your self-esteem, it’s a good idea to take steps to address the problem. You can achieve that today by calling CNS Center of Arizona & Medical Aesthetics, or booking an appointment online.

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