Throughout history, most cultures have prized smooth and even tone skin. Yet the demands of life can leave seemingly indelible marks on the complexion, including stretch marks & scars. EsthetixMD Spa & Laser Center in Bend, OR offers advanced removal (corrective) options, for unblemished skin that looks healthy and youthful.
How scars develop
Scars are an example of the body’s amazing ability to repair itself when skin is injured. You may not feel appreciative, though, if you are living with a noticeable scar.
The average adult produces about 40,000 skin cells every minute, to replace those that shed. When the outermost layer of skin, called the epidermis, suffers an injury, it usually heals quickly without scarring due to the fast rate of cellular turnover. When injury reaches the deeper dermis layer, however, the body responds with defenses intended to repair the wound and keep infection out of the body.
Collagen is a protein fiber that gives skin firm structure and uniform thickness, in normal circumstances. When the dermis is harmed, the body creates an abundance of collagen in that area. While this biological mechanism efficiently knits the tear and helps to keep bacteria out of the wound, it also creates irregularities in skin texture, appearance, and color.
Scars may be flat, but paler in hue than the surrounding skin since the wound healing process inhibits normal production of melanin (cells that produce pigmentation). In other cases, an excess collagen forms a raised or hypertrophic scar that may have a reddish or purplish color. Keloids are an example of extreme hypertrophic scarring. Some scars heal sunken or pitted when underlying structures (such as muscle and fat), which support the skin, are damaged. Other scars have a shiny, unusually smooth surface.
Scarring may be the result of:
- Inexperienced laser tattoo or hair removal
- Other cosmetic or medical laser therapies
Your ethnicity, skin tone, genetics, and personal physiology impact how your body responds to skin injury – the type and severity of scarring that develops. Fortunately, many contemporary treatment options are available to improve the appearances of scars, suitable for nearly any skin type or tone.
Stretch marks are a special kind of scar
Stretch marks are streaks that appear when skin is placed under rapid tension, stretching connective tissues in the dermis beyond their normal resilience. These tears in the dermis allow deeper tissues to show through. For example, subcutaneous fat is visible as glossy, white, or silvery stretch marks, while others can look red, brown, or purple from underlying blood vessels.
They typically appear during pregnancy but can also be the result of a growth spurt in teenagers, bodybuilding, or weight gain. Some medical conditions and medications make skin more prone to stretch marks. Cortisol, a stress hormone, also weakens elasticity in skin.
Although they can appear in virtually any area of the body, stretch marks are common on:
Some stretch marks fade over time, but many are persistent or permanent, requiring professional treatment for cosmetic improvement.
Innovative options for removal of scars & stretch marks in Bend, OR
EsthetixMD Spa & Laser Center brings the latest advances in aesthetic treatment together with experienced medical supervision, for safe, effective care. Your personalized scar or stretch mark removal plan may include one or a combination of these treatments:
- Topical medications and high-quality skin care products to improve skin texture and fade discoloration.
- Injectable dermal fillers to smooth depressed scars.
- Microdermabrasion, a minimally-invasive procedure that removes the top layers of skin, blending lesser textural irregularities (whether sunken or raised).
- Laser resurfacing, a more aggressive technique for deeper scarring.
- Laser and light therapies, a modern approach that stimulates uniform collagen renewal in the dermis, without ablation (removal of surface skin). That means reduced social downtime.
- Microneedling, where hair-fine needles penetrate to a precise depth, breaking up scarring and encouraging collagen formation consistent with smoother skin.
With a tailored removal strategy from EsthetixMD Spa & Laser Center in Bend, OR, you don’t have to live with stretch marks & scars. Call (541) 303-9155 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced clinicians. We have appointment hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.