Stretch Marks Specialist

Helena Dermatology | Montana Aesthetics PC

Aesthetics & Dermatology located in Helena, MT

Growth spurts during puberty, weight fluctuations, and even pregnancy can all cause your skin to quickly stretch, leaving unsightly lines behind. But thanks to the advanced technology behind the Cynosure® Icon™ platform, Latha S. Vellanki, MD, and her team of aesthetic experts can provide noninvasive stretch mark treatments at Helena Dermatology & Montana Aesthetics PC. Learn more about modern stretch mark treatments by booking a consultation at this Helena, Montana-based clinic today. Click on the online scheduler or call to book a visit.

Stretch Marks Q & A

Why do I have stretch marks?

If you have pink, purple, or gray lines on your skin that run parallel to one another, you likely have stretch marks. 

These unsightly and often embarrassing lines form when your skin has to stretch beyond its normal ability, especially when your cortisone levels are high. This hormone can cause your skin to lose elasticity, so it doesn’t stretch as easily.

Both men and women can struggle with stretch marks as a result of rapid weight gain (or loss) and growth spurts, but women most commonly have stretch marks, often due to hormonal fluctuations and pregnancy.

Occasionally, stretch marks develop as a side effect of corticosteroid creams, since these topical solutions decrease skin elasticity. 

Your risk of having stretch marks is further increased if you have adrenal gland disorders — like Cushing’s syndrome — that lead to too much cortisone. 


Can I get treatment for stretch marks?

Yes. Because stretch marks can make you feel like you need to cover up your midsection, thighs, hips, or other area where they tend to develop, the compassionate team at Helena Dermatology & Montana Aesthetics PC provides noninvasive stretch mark treatments with the Icon laser system.

During your stretch mark treatment session, the Icon laser sends beams of fractional laser energy deep into your skin. 

Not only does this powerful laser energy target discoloration from stretch marks and promote even skin tone, it reaches the deepest layers of your skin to stimulate collagen production.

Over the following weeks, cells continue turning over and building up new skin tissue and collagen. You start to notice your stretch marks become much less noticeable and your skin begins feeling smoother.     


How many stretch mark treatments do I need?

It depends on the severity of your stretch marks and how your skin responds to the Icon laser. Your dedicated aesthetic expert at Helena Dermatology & Montana Aesthetics PC may recommend a package of about 2-4 monthly Icon laser sessions to effectively target your stretch marks.

Because you won’t need any downtime after your Icon laser session and appointments take as little as 30 minutes, you can easily schedule your visits during your lunch hour.

With the help of Helena Dermatology & Montana Aesthetics PC, those unsightly stretch marks can become a thing of your past. Learn more by booking a visit online or over the phone. 

*Individual results may vary.