Stretch Marks

Livingston Family Healthcare

Family Medicine located in Livingston, TN

If stretch marks leave you feeling self conscious or unattractive, laser treatments may be right for you. Kenneth Beaty, MD, of Livingston Family Healthcare, offers Cynosure Icon™ laser treatments to reduce the appearance of stretch marks due to pregnancy, rapid weight pain, or increased muscle mass. For a consultation, call the Livingston, Tennessee, office or schedule an appointment online today.

Stretch Marks Q & A

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks appear on your skin as a result of rapid weight gain or weight loss. Stretch marks show up when the growth of the tissues underlying the skin requires fast skin production, such as when muscles or fat tissue expand quickly. 

When skin growth is rapid, some elements, like collagen and elastin, can’t keep up. With stretch marks, you may notice variations on your skin that appear:

  • Long and thin 
  • Pale red, pink, purple, or blue 
  • To fade slowly over time

Stretch marks develop anywhere on the body, but typically present on the arms, legs, hips, abdomen, back, or buttocks. 

Who is at risk for getting stretch marks?

Anyone, including men, women, adults, and children, can get stretch marks. Times when it is common to develop stretch marks include: 

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Puberty
  • Growth spurts
  • Periods of weight gain
  • During athletic or weight training

While stretch marks usually fade over time, they don’t go away completely without treatment. Thankfully, Livingston Family Healthcare offers Cynosure Icon laser treatments to help effectively reduce the appearance of your stretch marks. 

How can Cynosure Icon remove my stretch marks?

Cynosure Icon laser treatment applies therapeutic, focused light energy to purposefully disrupt the skin cells in and around your stretch marks. This stimulates the natural healing process and growth of new tissue in the treatment area. 

Cynosure Icon treatments smooth, tone, and improve the quality of your skin and reduce the appearance of your stretch marks without surgery, pain, or downtime. 

What does Cynosure Icon treatments entail? 

The team at Livingston Family Healthcare works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to improve the appearance of your stretch marks. 

Depending on the severity and location of your stretch marks, your session may last as little as 30 minutes. Typically, a treatment plan requires four to eight sessions to see best results. Every patient is different, so your plan is customized to you. 

After your Cynosure Icon session, you can return to normal activities immediately. You should have little to no discomfort during your treatment. Any redness or swelling you may have after treatment resolves within a few days. 

For a customized treatment plan to reduce your stretch marks, call or schedule an appointment online with Livingston Family Healthcare today.