Stretch Marks No Longer Have to be Permanent

Fun in the sun without stretch marks.

Stretch marks are a frustrating part of life for many women and men. These visible stripes and lines (striae) in the skin can appear anywhere but are most common on the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, breasts, and buttocks.

At GLO Aesthetics in Philadelphia, PA, we know good health includes how you feel about yourself. Stretch marks can take your self-confidence down a notch. Fortunately, there is a simple solution.

We use the Icon® system, which provides advanced laser technology to address stretch marks at the cellular level. It’s one of the many innovative, nonsurgical therapies we offer to help keep you feeling and looking your best. Under the guidance of board-certified physician James Volpe, the GLO team has helped countless patients eliminate the appearance of stretch marks with the Icon system.

How stretch marks occur

Stretch marks are essentially scar tissue that develops when your skin stretches beyond its normal capacity. They often occur with pregnancy, weight gain, or periods of rapid growth during puberty.

You can also develop stretch marks with bodybuilding and other exercise activities designed to increase muscle mass. Icon provides the technology we need to attack stretch marks where they begin — at the cellular level.

The Icon system

Icon is a laser system that combines advanced technology with medically sound scientific expertise to break down the scarred tissue associated with stretch marks and stimulate your body’s production of collagen to rebuild healthy skin tissue at the site.

The Icon is a fractional laser system that delivers specialized pulses of energy and allows us to target areas of problematic stretch marks without harming the surrounding tissue. Built-in safety measures and cooling technology help keep you comfortable during the procedure.

The warmth from the laser energy first breaks down the scar tissue associated with stretch marks. This action also stimulates all-important collagen production, which is the foundation of your body’s skin-rebuilding process. This natural rebuilding process continues over about six weeks. You can expect your stretch marks to fade and smoother, tighter, healthier skin to take their place.

What the Icon treatment for stretch marks is like

Icon treatment sessions for stretch marks are quick — 30 minutes or less — and simple. You put on special eyewear to shield your eyes from the light. Your GLO Aesthetics provider then moves a specially designed handpiece over the treatment area and lets the laser do its job.

Most patients report only mild discomfort during the procedure, which is typically very well-tolerated. You may experience mild redness at the treatment site afterward, which generally fades quickly and rarely lasts more than a couple of days.

The Icon system is gentle enough to treat all stretch marks, even those on or near your face, and it’s considered safe for all skin types. Before you schedule a session, we see you for a consultation, which includes a thorough skin exam and detailed discussion of the treatment and what you can expect.

And there’s no long recovery time necessary following Icon treatments for stretch marks. You can expect to return to work and your normal routine immediately after leaving the office.

At GLO Aesthetics we’re very careful about the products or treatments we recommend to our patients. Your safety and satisfaction are top priorities for us. We’re happy to recommend the Icon system for treating stretch marks.

If you don’t like your stretch marks and are interested in an effective, simple solution for getting rid of them, schedule a consultation today with the GLO Aesthetics team. Call the office or book your appointment online.

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