Diminish Those Post-Baby Stretch Marks with Icon Laser Treatment

They say that bringing home your bundle of joy makes you forget all the pain and discomfort of childbirth. That may or may not be true, but one thing’s for sure, you can’t forget about those stretch marks on your belly, hips, thighs, and breasts. Or can you?

Dr. Cyrus Lavian at Valley Medical Urgent Care here in Panorama City has helped mothers throughout California banish their post-baby stretch marks with a revolutionary technology called Icon laser treatment.

Understanding stretch marks

Stretch marks occur when your skin grows or shrinks dramatically over a short period of time. This can happen to anyone for a number of reasons, including rapid weight gain or loss, puberty, and especially pregnancy.

To understand stretch marks, you need to know a little biology. Your skin has three layers: the outer layer (epidermis), the middle layer (dermis), and the deepest layer (hypodermis). Skin contains a lot of connective tissue, is naturally fairly elastic, and can handle slow growth. But when expansion and contraction happen relatively quickly and exceed your skin’s elastic capacity, the dermis tears and reveals the hypodermis layer beneath it. The result is a pattern of long, silvery lines we know as stretch marks.

Over time, some people say their stretch marks fade and become less noticable — but not everyone is that lucky. Others turn to creams and ointments trying to diminish the effects, but very few of them report success. If you’re one of the countless women who can’t stand the look of those streaky marks and just can’t seem to get rid of them, Icon laser treatment may be your answer.

How does Icon laser treatment work for stretch marks?

Icon uses fractional laser technology, which is relatively new and already in high demand. That’s because it offers a significant benefit over its predecessor, ablative laser technology.

Both procedures have the same goal: to cook your collagen, a structural protein. Both technologies heat the skin’s collagen; the heat increases collagen production and gives you a smoother, plumper, more youthful appearance. The difference is, ablative lasers work from the outside in and have to heat up your epidermis as well as your dermis. Fractional lasers use tiny pins that penetrate to just the right depth to reach your dermis and deliver the pulsed energy directly where it needs to go, producing optimal results.

The microscopic holes caused by the procedure close up immediately and make recovery a breeze. Ablative lasering, on the other hand, leaves you with slightly burned skin that takes time to heal and is somewhat painful.

Does Icon laser treatment hurt?

No, and that’s the best part. Icon laser treatments are quick and painless. You can expect to be in our office for about 30 minutes and then can go about your business immediately following your session. With Icon laser technology, you can expect:

Whether you just had a baby or had your kids years ago, it’s never too late to get rid of those unmistakable reminders marking up your skin. When you’re ready to erase them, call us at Valley Medical Urgent Care to get started.

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