Stretch Marks

Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine -  - Integrative Medicine

Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Summerville, SC & Mount Pleasant, SC

Stretch marks are bands of unsightly scars that appear when your skin is stretched or shrunk too quickly. If you’re unhappy with your stretch marks, the team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, with offices in Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina, can help minimize the appearance of these scars with the Icon™ Aesthetic System laser treatment. Call today or schedule an appointment online to get treatment started.

Stretch Marks Q & A

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are bands of scar tissue that occurs when your skin is stretched or shrunk too quickly, not allowing your skin enough time to grow or contract leading to injury and the formation of the scar.

Common causes of stretch marks include:

  • Puberty growth spurts
  • Pregnancy
  • Rapid muscle growth when bodybuilding
  • Weight gain or loss


Your hormones and heredity may also play a role in your development of stretch marks.

What is the Icon Aesthetic System?

The Icon Aesthetic System uses advanced medical and laser technology to treat various aesthetic concerns, including stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines, unwanted hair, and scars.

The laser system is equipped with a number of innovative technologies that improve treatment outcomes and comfort.

How can the Icon laser improve my stretch marks?

The Icon laser uses targeted heat energy that breaks up the scar tissue and stimulates the production of new skin cells to improve appearance. The customized Microlenses for the Icon Aesthetic System are used to penetrate deep tissue and speed up treatment sessions.

To ease any discomfort during treatment, the team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine may apply a numbing agent over the treatment area before starting. Treatment time varies and depends on the extent of your scarring and the size of the treatment area.

For best results, you may need more than one treatment. The Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine team will work with you to devise a personalized treatment plan so you know what to expect.

After treatment, you may experience some swelling or redness, but the symptoms disappear within a few hours or a few days.

Are the scars gone for good after treatment?

The Icon laser can help minimize the appearance of your stretch marks but may not be able to completely eliminate them.

You may, however, be able to prevent future stretch marks from forming during periods of weight change with products that contain hyaluronic acid. The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine can talk to you about your treatment options for preventing new scars from forming.

For stretch mark treatment, call to book an appointment today or schedule your consultation online.