Pregnancy is a beautiful experience, but sometimes it leaves behind not-so-beautiful stretch marks around your belly. Laura LeBel, MD, is an experienced obstetrics and gynecology surgeon at Elle OBGYN in Greenville, South Carolina, who offers the latest laser and aesthetic treatments for her patients who want to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Dr. LeBel and her team take an individualized, holistic approach to health and wellness, and understand that feeling comfortable in your own skin is important for self-esteem. Call today to schedule a consultation or book online.
When your skin stretches too fast on a particular area of your body, such as during pregnancy, or as a result of weight gain, bands of parallel lines often appear. These lines are usually a different color and texture than your normal skin tone and can range from purple to pink, or light gray. Sometimes, you can feel the texture of stretch marks as a ridge or indentation in your skin.
Stretch marks are the result of stretching and pulling on your skin to accommodate your growing baby during pregnancy or even a sudden growth spurt during adolescence. And, if you’re a woman, you have a greater risk of developing stretch marks. Corticosteroid medications can also cause stretch marks by decreasing the elasticity in your skin tissue.
Although stretch marks don’t require medical treatment, most people don’t like the way they look. Retinoid creams may improve the appearance of stretch marks, but it often takes a long time to see results and they may irritate your skin. As a more effective alternative to creams, Dr. LeBel offers state-of-the-art laser treatments with the Icon® aesthetic system.
In just a few treatment sessions, the Icon laser diminishes the appearance of stretch marks for smoother skin. The advanced laser technology of the Icon system targets a specific area of your skin to break down the unwanted stretch marks while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. The laser energy stimulates your body’s natural healing response so new collagen and elastin cells grow to replace the damaged tissue of the stretch marks.
As a result, discolored lines blend in with the color of the surrounding skin and you get a smoother, more even skin tone.
Everyone is different, so Dr. LeBel creates a treatment plan that delivers optimal results for your particular condition. Usually, you notice a difference in the appearance and texture of your skin in just 4-8 treatments with the Icon laser, and many treatments take just 30 minutes. There’s no downtime and you can return to your daily activities immediately following an appointment.
To learn more about the technologically advanced Icon system to reduce stretch marks, schedule a consultation with Dr. LeBel. You can call for an appointment or book online.