Spots, Scars, and Stretch Marks: Lasers Can Treat Them All

Have you been trying to banish your spots, scars, and stretch marks, but they don’t respond to creams and gels? Many topicals offer big promises, but the truth is that over-the-counter products can’t make significant modifications to your skin. If they could, they would be labeled as drugs.

Also, over-the-counter topicals aren’t tightly regulated, and their claims aren’t approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. There is a proven alternative to treat those spots and marks on your skin.

Lasers treatments, like the Icon™ technology used at High Rock Internal Medicine, are approved by the FDA to reduce or eliminate skin imperfections. And there’s a large body of clinical data to support their efficacy. 

Our mission is to keep our patients updated on the latest medical technologies and help them make informed decisions regarding their skin health. The Icon’s state-of-the-art laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) technology can combat those spots, scars, and stretch marks. Here’s how.

Different types of lasers and their uses 

There are two main types of cosmetic lasers: ablative and nonablative. The Icon aesthetic system comes with both types of lasers, and our specialists can customize the laser procedure for your skin tone, skin area, and specific concerns.

Ablative lasers can reduce the appearance of your wrinkles and scars by removing the upper layer of your skin, revealing a healthier, less damaged skin layer. The laser energy also stimulates new skin growth.

These lasers are more aggressive with your skin. You may experience some redness and peeling after the procedure, but the good news is that you only need one procedure to reap the benefits.

Nonablative lasers are gentler and cause fewer side effects. They’re typically used for addressing discoloration in pigmentation, skin tightening, and reducing fine lines. However, achieving optimal results with nonablative lasers requires several treatment sessions. 

A nonablative laser heats your skin without damaging it. Following treatment, your skin cells respond by boosting collagen production in the targeted areas.

How lasers get rid of imperfections

We can treat scars and stretch marks by using lasers that penetrate your skin, stimulating the production of collagen to improve smoothness. Although the process can’t completely erase scars and stretch marks, studies show it can minimize their thickness and size.

When it comes to combating sun spots and hyperpigmentation, lasers use a different mechanism of action, shooting a beam of light at the melanin pigment and scattering it.

If you’re curious about what you can expect from laser treatments, take a look at our photo gallery.

Easy recovery with no downtime needed

Recovery time is a big concern with cosmetic procedures. However, our laser treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, and we use only localized anesthesia to numb the area. You may experience some redness and peeling after treatment, but this goes away within a few days.

If you live in the Lexington, North Carolina, area and want to find out more about how laser technology can tackle all of your skin concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us. Call the office or request an appointment online.

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