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Minimize the Appearance of Stretch Marks

You love to remember the events of your life through pictures, letters, and memorabilia. But no one wants a record marked on their skin! 

Pregnancy, rapid weight gain, and building muscles quickly can spoil your skin with stretch marks. If you’re tired of covering up unsightly stretch marks, there’s now a solution — innovative and pain-free treatment from PicoSure® by Cynosure®

At KeyLife Medical Spa we’re proud to offer a wide variety of clinical-grade aesthetic services in our state-of-the-art medical spa. Anwar Gerges, MD, and our entire care team help men and women in North Central San Antonio, Texas, look and feel their best.  

If you’re ready to minimize the appearance of stretch marks, read on to learn how PicoSure and KeyLife Medical Spa can help! 

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a type of scar that forms when your skin rapidly stretches. When you experience pregnancy, significant weight gain, or build muscles in a short period of time, the middle layers of your skin tear to allow it to stretch to accommodate the new size of your body. 

Although stretch marks happen more frequently on women, both genders can suffer from these unsightly reminders of the past. We sometimes think stretch marks affect only the belly or abdomen, but they can develop in different places including:

Stretch marks may vary in appearance between different people depending on skin tone, pigmentation, and how long they’ve been in place. They may look maroon, purple, or pink at first, but tend to fade to a silvery blue or white over time.

How can PicoSure help?

At KeyLife Med Spa, we help minimize the appearance of stretch marks and improve the way your skin looks with treatments using state-of-the-art PicoSure by Cynosure. This noninvasive, cutting-edge technology uses light energy to stimulate your body’s natural collagen production. 

With PicoSure, stretch marks become a thing of the past because as your body produces more collagen, the surface layer of your skin is replaced. This erases imperfections and scars, like stretch marks, giving you smooth, firm skin.  

Dr. Gerges and our team create a customized PicoSure treatment plan for you. The number of sessions required depends on the severity of your stretch marks and the condition of your skin. 

Your skin will look brighter and fresher as soon as one day after treatment. Results develop naturally and gradually as your skin heals, with optimal results after a few weeks.  

How does collagen affect stretch marks?

Do you know the most abundant protein in your body? It’s collagen! This powerhouse of a protein is in your skin, bones, tendons, and ligaments, and muscles and helps support your body’s structures. Collagen also plays an essential role in the health and appearance of your skin.  

When you look at your body or your reflection in the mirror, you only see the surface layer of your skin. But your skin is made up of multiple layers, and processes below the surface are what affect the appearance of your skin. 

Collagen and other proteins, like elastin, that live in the middle layer are essential for making new skin cells. When your skin is stretched quickly, collagen and elastin are damaged and the surface layer isn’t repaired. The result? Deeper layers of the skin show through to the surface. 

Your body works quickly to heal these tears, but the rapid process leaves scars on the surface layer of your skin. By stimulating new collagen production in the middle layers with PicoSure, Dr. Gerges and the team at KeyLife Med Spa gently encourage collagen production to replace the damaged surface layers with new skin.  

How can I say so long to stretch marks?

Before undergoing treatment, be sure to consult with experienced medical professionals. An accurate assessment of your skin and a discussion of expectations is essential for the best results. 

Dr. Gerges and KeyLife Med Spa want to help you look and feel your best. We take the time to answer your questions and concerns and work with you to create a treatment plan that’s best for you.  

If you’re ready to say so long to stretch marks, contact our San Antonio office or request an appointment today. 

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