Stretch Marks

What if you could do away with stretch marks through a series of quick, noninvasive treatments? At NewEra Medical Aesthetics and Laser Center in Vienna, Virginia, you can. Dr. Liliana Manrique provides effective options for minimizing the bothersome marks using cutting edge laser technology in simple, in-office procedures.

by Liliana Manrique, MD

What causes stretch marks?

Stretch marks derive from ongoing stretching of the skin. Anyone can develop them but being female, pregnant, overweight, or having a personal or family history of stretch marks increases your risk. Corticosteroid medications, breast enlargement surgery and rapidly losing or gaining weight can also contribute. Certain genetic disorders, such as Cushing’s or Marfan syndrome, may contribute as well.

How are they treated?

  • Stretch marks are harmless and don’t require medical treatment, but you can take steps to reduce their appearance. Available options include:
  • Laser therapy: A procedure in which concentrated laser energy that stimulates the growth of collagen or elastin in your skin
  • Microdermabrasion: A treatment in which a handheld device exfoliates away the top layers of your skin
  • Retinoid cream: Skin creams containing vitamin A compounds that may help reduce newer stretch marks

How can Icon laser therapy help remove stretch marks?

The Cynosure Icon system uses fractional laser technology to deliver pulsed energy to your skin. By targeting stretch marks, the process prompts your immune system to produce new collagen for smoother, more consistent texture and appearance. Over time, new cells replace the stretch marks, causing them to fade away.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of needed treatments varies for stretch mark reduction, but most people require 3-5 sessions for best results.

How long does it take?

Icon treatment for stretch marks takes as little as 30 minutes per session. Larger and more prevalent stretch marks may take more time, but it is generally a quick procedure.

What does it feel like?

As a gentle, noninvasive procedure, Icon laser therapy doesn’t cause pain associated with other treatments such as surgery and dermabrasion. You may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, which can be minimized with topical numbing cream.

Are there any side effects?

Icon laser stretch mark removal is safe for all skin types and colors. You may experience redness and swelling in the treatment area following your session, but these effects should diminish on their own. Most people can return to their usual daily activities immediately after treatment.