Lucky streak are good, but streaks on your hips, thighs, stomach, or upper arms, that’s definitely not a good thing. In fact, it’s downright embarrassing.
Stretch marks are actually a type of scarring and can appear purple, brown, silver, blue, and pink. As winter turns to spring, you probably don’t relish the thought of shorts and bathing suit season. You try to figure out how to hide your stretch marks, but you know a season covered head-to-toe just won’t cut it.
Dr. Latha Vellanki successfully treats members of the Helena community and the surrounding areas for stretch marks. The Helena Dermatology & Montana Aesthetics PC team approach your care in a way that makes you feel you’re in the most competent, caring hands.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are a type of scarring that results from an area of your skin becoming suddenly inflamed. Blood vessels rupture, and once this happens, an unattractive stretch mark appears.
It seems that no area on your body is safe. You can get stretch marks on your back, arms, stomach, thighs, and hips. The weight fluctuations that cause them include:
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Growth spurts, as in adolescence
Stretch marks have even been known to appear on weightlifters and bodybuilders; it happens when their muscles grow quickly. If you’re a woman, you’re more than twice as likely to get stretch marks as a man, and hormone rises and dips, as well as family history, can also contribute.
Are there any stretch mark treatments that are effective?
It’s important to know that stretch marks are permanent, but their appearance can be minimized and the skin affected by them made smoother.
There are a variety of methods people try to minimize their stretch marks:
- Topical home remedies – everything from coconut oil to Vitamin A
- Over-the-counter moisturizers made specifically to treat stretch marks
- Prescription topical medications
In talking with her patients, Dr. Vellanki usually finds that most often, these treatments are unsuccessful. That’s why she addresses your stretch marks with an advanced treatment that makes a real difference — the Icon™ Laser system.
How do Icon treatments work?
The technology that makes the Icon laser system reduce the appearance of your stretch marks is remarkable. When you come for your treatment, Dr. Vellanki uses the Icon handheld device to gently go over your stretch marks.
As she does this, fractional laser beams deliver treatment to the precise segments of your skin that need it. Icon isn’t just a superficial treatment like topical products; its beams go deep and break up your discolored skin.
By helping to stimulate collagen production, your skin regains elasticity, which was lost during the stretching.
We love the Icon laser treatments because they:
- Are completely noninvasive
- Involve quick treatments that average 30 minutes
- Have no post-treatment downtime
- Encourage evening of skin tone
- Minimize discoloration
As new collagen is generated, continuous cell turnover causes your skin to feel smoother and best of all, your stretch marks noticeably diminish.
How quickly can I see results from my Icon laser treatments?
Dr. Vellanki determines your care plan based on whether you have mild, moderate, or severe stretch mark issues and typically prescribes 2-4 monthly treatments.
We predict that once you’ve begun Icon laser treatments, you’ll be so encouraged by your results, you’ll be looking forward to beach trips and afternoons by the pool more than ever before.