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

Scars, spots, and stretch marks can make you feel less than beautiful, especially if they are located in a visible area such as your face or arms. Thankfully, technology is available to help bring you some relief.

What are scars?

Scars are actually a part of your body’s healing process. When you suffer a deep wound in your skin, new collagen fibers form to help mend the damage. The end result of this mending process is a scar, which is often markedly different in texture than the surrounding skin. Interestingly, scars don’t form until after the wound is completely healed.

What are spots?

Age spots are most likely the kind of spots that can be dealt with by using laser technology. Age spots tend to form as we get older and are generally harmless. If you have age spots that are causing you discomfort, you should seek medical attention right away.

What are stretch marks?

Contrary to popular opinion, stretch marks are not limited to pregnant women. Anyone can get stretch marks, which are basically indented streaks. They can appear on almost any part of your body, whether you are male or female. 

They are most commonly associated, however, with pregnant women, for whom they appear during the last trimester of pregnancy. They are not painful, but some people may not like how they look and seek treatment to have them fade.

Laser treatments

Laser treatment is perhaps the most effective method for treating spots, scars, and stretch marks. Laser treatments work by reducing the appearance of scars. Both safe and effective, laser treatment uses light to stimulate the growth of new skin cells that will ultimately cover the scars. Although the treatment is safe, it is important to note that it will not completely remove the scar; it will merely reduce its appearance and thickness.

Laser treatment procedure

Laser treatment for spots, scars, and stretch marks is a relatively safe procedure. The treatments are noninvasive, and you can go home the same day. The length of time needed for a session will be specific to your personal needs. Healing only takes a few days, although you might need more than one treatment. Your dermatologist is the best person to determine how many sessions you need to treat your specific issue. 

Your board-licensed dermatologist will first numb the area that will receive treatment, treat the area, and you’ll be free to go. There may be some mild side effects associated with laser treatments, including redness, swelling, and pain. These will likely disappear within a few days.

If you have spots, scars, or stretch marks that are causing you distress, you don’t have to suffer.

Dr. Robert Topham and his team of medical professionals at Holladay Dermatology & Aesthetics, are here to provide you with personalized service. Please give us a call at (385) 210-0735 to schedule an appointment. 

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