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

As you get older, your skin often develops such imperfections as wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, scars, and stretch marks. While these conditions don’t affect your health, they could affect your self-confidence.

In the skilled hands of Dr. Gul A. Zikria, a laser can help replace imperfections with healthy, glowing skin. 

What causes skin imperfections?

Daily living causes skin imperfections. Dark spots develop with age and countless days having fun under the sun. Scars result from skinned knees and other battle stories. Stretch marks appear when your skin grows from puberty, muscle gain, pregnancy, or weight gain and loss. 

Skin imperfections tell your story. However, you may want to erase a few chapters to have smoother, brighter, more even-toned skin. First, you should understand how these markings arise. 

Dark spots

Also called age spots, sun spots, or liver spots, dark spots occur when overactive pigment cells clump up near one another. Dark spots are common in people over age 50 and often show up on the face, hands, wrists, collarbones, and shoulders. 

Dark spots are exacerbated by sun exposure, as ultraviolet light accelerates melanin production. 

Scars

Scars occur when the dermis (the second-deep, thick layer of your skin) is damaged. Your body repairs the damage by growing new tissue that is usually thicker than your skin tissue. If your body makes a lot of extra tissue, the scar might rise and wrinkle; if inflammation causes the injury, the scar might look sunken. 

Stretch marks

These spidery scars result from rapid periods of growth that your skin can’t keep up with. Stretch marks often appear during puberty, pregnancy, or other periods of weight gain. 

Which lasers treat skin imperfections?

Several types of lasers effectively treat skin imperfections. 

Ablative lasers: This intense laser destroys the skin’s outer layer to reveal new, bright skin underneath. This laser works well for all scarring, sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. 

Ablative lasers signal your body to produce new collagen and elastin, essential compounds for firm, even-colored skin. Ablative lasers are more intense than others. After treatments, you might feel like you’ve got a severe sunburn, a reaction to the micro-injuries created by the light energy. 

Broadband light lasers: Broadband light gently heats the outer layers of your skin, breaking apart clumps of pigment and encouraging your skin to stimulate new collagen production. This treatment is good for rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sunspots, wrinkles, and facial veins.

Intense pulsed light lasers: Intense pulsed light delivers gentle pulses of high-intensity light to your skin, which breaks up extra skin pigment and encourages new tissue production. 

If you’re ready to rewrite your skin’s story, call Dr. Zikria at 408-290-8289, or use our online scheduling tool.

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