Scars form when your skin and underlying tissues heal following injury after an accident or surgical procedure or as a result of skin diseases and acne. When the tissue below the surface skin is damaged, new collagen fibers form to heal the wound, and the new tissue doesn’t match the surrounding, undamaged skin.
Scars from wounds are typically flat with a paler tone than surrounding skin. There are different types of scars that vary in appearance according to the nature of the initial damage. Hypertrophic and keloid scars form raised areas, whereas surgical wounds and acne typically form sunken or pitted scars.
Stretch marks form when your body grows too quickly for the skin to keep up, resulting in thin, rippled markings called stria. Gaining weight, growth spurts, and pregnancy are all common reasons for developing stretch marks. You may also be more prone to developing stretch marks if other members of your family have them.
There are a number of treatment approaches that help reduce scarring and stretch marks, including:
One of the most gentle and effective ways to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars is with laser therapy. Dr. Benz provides laser therapy using the cutting-edge Icon™ laser system. The Icon provides fractional laser therapy, a form of laser treatment that has proved to be highly effective in reducing the appearance of both scars and stretch marks in clinical trials.
The Icon laser works by delivering pulsed energy to the skin, targeting discoloration and stimulating the growth of new collagen fibers to increase the skin’s smoothness. The new collagen rejuvenates the skin and improves the appearance of stretch marks.
The Icon uses fractional laser light to break down scar tissue and stimulate the production of new, smoother skin. Fractional laser scar treatment is especially effective for treating pitted scar tissue, such as acne and surgical scars.
Treatments with Icon laser therapy take around 30 minutes, and patients usually require three- to five-treatment sessions to achieve the optimum results.
If scars and stretch marks are a source of embarrassment or distress for you, find out more about the treatments available from Ricarda Benz, MD. Call the clinic today, or book an appointment online.
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