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Stretch Marks

Mark Testa, DO

Family Physician & Aesthetics located in Philadelphia, PA

The striations of stretch marks can mar the appearance of smooth skin, and it’s not surprising that you want them gone. Icon® laser treatments can safely and effectively fade your stretch marks and leave you with clear, unblemished skin. Board-certified family medicine physician Mark Testa, DO, provides this state-of-the-art treatment to men and women in Marlton, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Call one of his offices or schedule an appointment using this website to learn how you can erase stretch marks for good.

Stretch Marks Q & A

Why do stretch marks develop?

Stretch marks result when the middle layers of your skin tear. The stretch marks are the deeper layers of your skin showing through.

Stretch marks can develop:

  • During pregnancy
  • Due to rapid muscle or weight gain
  • During adolescent growth
  • Because of certain medications

At first, stretch marks appear reddish brown or purple and bumpy. With time, they fade to a gray, silver, or white hue. Women tend to develop stretch marks more often than men.

Where do stretch marks most commonly occur?

Stretch marks appear on areas that usually stretch with weight or muscle gain. These include the:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Lower back
  • Breasts
  • Upper arms

Icon laser treatments can address stretch marks on all of these areas, creating an improvement in both tone and texture of the striations.

What are the benefits of Icon laser treatments for stretch marks?

In addition to achieving smoother, mark-free skin, there’s no downtime, and the treatment is quick with only minimal discomfort.

Icon diminishes the appearance of stretch marks in just a few sessions.

How long does it take to treat stretch marks?

Icon laser treatments are performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. Dr. Testa creates a customized plan for you and lets you know in advance what to expect. The plan is based on the severity of your stretch marks, their locations, and how your skin responds to the treatment.

Most people are pleased with the results they get in 4-8 sessions, each spaced 2-4 weeks apart.

Do I need to schedule downtime following stretch mark treatment?

No. Icon laser treatments don’t require downtime, so you can go back to your regular activities right after a session. You may have some redness and swelling in the areas you have treated, but these side effects subside in a few days.

To learn how Mark Testa, DO, can help you get rid of your stretch marks, call one of his offices or schedule online today.