Stretch marks usually appear as collections of parallel lines on your skin. Aesthetically, they are different in color and texture than your surrounding, normal skin. They can be light gray, or varying shades of purple or pink. Stretch marks can also itch or feel sore.
Many women get stretch marks during or after pregnancy. Cases of sudden, dramatic weight loss or fast growth in adolescents during puberty can also cause stretch marks. They can be unsightly, but they are not dangerous and often subside over time. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on your body, but you most commonly find them on your:
Stretch marks are produced by your skin stretching and an increased production of cortisone, a hormone produced naturally by your adrenal glands. Too much cortisone in your body can cause your skin to lose some of its elasticity.
The most common, specific causes of stretch marks include:
Several conditions, such as Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan’s syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, as well as other adrenal gland disorders boost your body’s production of cortisone and can lead to stretch marks.
If you have stretch marks, they can significantly affect the appearance of your skin. Luckily, Dr. Patel offers Icon™ laser treatment to remove stretch marks right from his office.
Stretch mark removal procedures are safe, non-invasive, and painless. Dr. Patel uses the Icon aesthetic treatment system machine's customizable settings to administer fractional laser pulsed energy to your affected skin. This targets stretch mark discoloration and encourages new collagen production that smoothes over your stretched skin.
Typically, to achieve optimal removal results, you need 3-5 treatments to restore your skin’s smoothness and elasticity. Each treatment session takes no more than 30 minutes and has minimal to no downtime.
If you have stretch marks that affect your skin’s appearance, you may be a good candidate for a removal procedure using the Icon laser treatment system. Dr. Patel evaluates you at his office to review your medical history and perform a physical exam to make sure you are healthy enough to undergo laser treatment. During your visit, you can ask any questions you might have about the procedure.
If you’re interested in a stretch mark removal procedure, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule a consultation at Dr. Patel’s Boca Raton, Florida office.
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