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Stretch Marks & Scars

How do scars and stretch marks form?

Scars and stretch marks develop as a result of disruption of the integrity of the dermis, which is the deeper layer of skin. The appearance of scars and stretch marks is due to bands of collagen which the body lays to form strong bonds in order to hold the skin together where it was once cut, as seen in surgery and trauma.   Stretch marks are similar to scars in that there is pulling of the skin, leading to small linear scars, but there is no actual separation of the skin as with true scar formation.  Stretch marks appear after the skin is stretched excessively such as in pregnancy, spurt of growth during puberty, rapid weight gain, and in body builders.

How does laser remove scars and stretch marks?

Since the etiology of scars and stretch marks are the same, they are treated with the same laser technique.  A special laser beam is transmitted through the skin which loosens the collagen fibers, thus loosening the essence of the scar or stretch mark.   The laser energy also creates a mild inflammation in the dermis structures which causes the body to restructure the area and create newer skin.  This is time leads to disappearance of the scar and stretch marks.  Final results are achieved gradually over several laser treatments.

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How long does each treatment last?

Depending on the size and location of the body to be treated, between 10-30 minutes.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to your specific skin type and color. Usually five to six treatments spread out a month apart are required to achieve satisfactory results.

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Does it hurt?  What does the treatment feel like?

Each pulse of laser feels like a slight sting or pinch, similar to the snap of a rubber band.  Our lasers use a special cooling device which uses a computer controlled cryogen applicator to cool the skin temperature and keep it at a constant temperature at al times.  This minimizes pain during treatment.  Topical anesthetic creams may also be used but most people don't require it.

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BEFORE               Stretch Marks                    AFTER

How soon can I resume my daily activities?

You can resume all of your daily activities immediately after treatment.  You should however avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks and wear a sunblock on a daily basis.

Can all skin types and color be treated?

Yes, our state of the art lasers offer you customized treatment according to your skin color and texture.

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BEFORE            Stretch Marks              AFTER

Are there any possible side effects?

Side effects are rare. You may experience some slight reddening or local swelling at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within hours. On rare occasions, some blistering or bruising may occur, but typically resolves quickly. The skin may also become lighter or darker following treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks. Limiting sun exposure before and after treatments will minimize risk of complications.

What do I need to do before treatment?

Avoid sun exposure for about 4-6 weeks prior to treatment.  Wear a daily sunblock lotion.  Avoid smoking and exposure to cigarette smoke.

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BEFORE           Acne Scars             AFTER

Can you undergo microdermabrasion treatments along with laser treatments?

Yes, and this will actually give you much better results.  The doctor will schedule your treatments in a manner as to maximize the benefit from both treatments.

Can you use any special creams?

Yes, we offer a special cream (called: skin-telligent) which can be used in combination with laser treatment which will actually give you much better results in removing stretch marks and scars.  The doctor can explain this further for you.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary for each patient depending on the type of laser procedure, area of the body to be treated, and the number of treatments needed.  We strive to offer the LOWEST PRICES for all cosmetic laser procedures as compared to other clinics.  Our affordable prices  assure that nearly everyone can have the new look they have always wanted.  Come in today for your free consultation and you will be amazed as to how affordable we truly are.

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