Stretch Marks

Kirk Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Smyrna, DE

Stretch marks appear after periods of fast growth – such as pregnancy or adolescence. These reminders of major body changes don’t have to linger forever. At Kirk Family Practice in Smyrna, Delaware, Deborah Kirk, MD, offers treatment with the Icon™ Aesthetic System to fade and erase unsightly stretch marks. If you have stretch marks that you just want gone, call the office.

Stretch Marks Q & A

Why do stretch marks happen?

When your skin stretches during periods of rapid growth, you develop the striations known as stretch marks. You may develop stretch marks due to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle growth
  • Growth during puberty
  • Medical conditions and medications
  • Quick weight fluctuations

Women are more likely to develop stretch marks than men.

Stretch marks form in the middle layer of your skin. The fibers there end up tearing when faced with relatively fast, expansive growth. The deeper layers of your skin show through as a result, appearing as a stretch mark.

What do stretch marks look like?

Stretch marks appear as purplish, reddish, or brown lines. At first, they have a raised, bumpy texture, but fade to white or silver as they smooth out over time.

Stretch marks most often occur on the hips and stomach. They may also show up on the:

  • Lower back
  • Thighs
  • Breasts
  • Upper arms

Most anywhere you have a stretch mark can be treated with Icon laser technology. Talk to Dr. Kirk about your skin concerns to determine if Icon treatments can help.

How does the Icon laser reduce the appearance of stretch marks?

The fraction laser energy delivered by the Icon laser penetrates your outer layers of skin to stimulate the formation of new tissue and collagen beneath. As the new tissue and collagen (a skin-strengthening compound) develop, you get more evenly toned skin.

How many treatments will I need to reduce the appearance of my stretch marks?

Each person responds differently to Icon treatments, as skin types and stretch mark locations differ. Dr. Kirk can examine your stretch marks and develop a customized plan for you. Most people, however, benefit from three to five total treatments. These treatments are usually scheduled two to four weeks apart and last just 30 minutes.

Should I schedule downtime following stretch mark treatments?

You usually don’t need downtime following laser treatments for stretch marks. You do need to avoid sun exposure for about three months following the treatments, as your skin will be extra sensitive to the ultraviolet rays. Wear sunscreen or keep the skin covered with clothing if you’re outside.

To learn how you can fade stretch marks with laser treatments, call Kirk Family Practice.