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Scars & Stretch Marks

Medical grade options for effective scar removal and stretch mark treatment

Laser Stretch Mark Removal

Scars and stretch marks are both types of marks that affect the surface of the skin. Stretch marks can often look like long, thin scars. But the two are very different in the way they’re formed. Scars appear when an injury occurs, as the skin begins to heal collagen is produced in the area. As the collagen continues to fill the injured area, the skin can become raised and bumpy.  With our state-of-the-art laser treatments, we can reduce the appearance of acne, injury or post-surgery scars. Laser resurfacing is an established technique to reduce the look of scars without harming the surrounding skin. By promoting skin cell renewal and collagen production; scars will slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process to reveal smoother, more even-looking skin.

Stretch Marks occur when the skin is stretched too quickly, this can be due to weight gain, puberty and pregnancy. While the skin’s fibres allow for growth, the dermis can’t withstand abrupt changes in body mass. Consequently, the over stretching of the skin causes the dermis fibres to snap and the blood vessels contained in the deeper skin layers show on the skin’s surface, creating distinctive lines across the skin. Stretch marks first appear as reddish-purple lines which fade to silvery white and are commonly found on the arms, stomach, thighs, bottom and breast area. Laser therapy has the power to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks, without surgery or long periods of downtime.

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Scarring Laser Treatment Summary
Laser Scar Removal

Both scars and stretch marks can cause embarrassment and distress, especially if they’re very noticeable. For these treatments, the award-winning ResurFace Erbium: YAG and SmartXide CO2 technology can be utilised to combat your problem area.

With the very best technology, we can both reduce the redness and the appearance of scars and stretch marks with little to no downtime. Together we can formulate a treatment plan to help you love the skin you’re in.

Scars and Stretch Marks Key Facts:

    1. The normal healing process in human tissue results in a scar.
    2. Scars occur at the site of tissue damage and appear as firm red to purple fibrous tissue that over time usually becomes flatter and lighter in colour.
    3. There’s a strong association between genetics and whether or not you get stretch marks
    4. Stretch marks are more common with women. However, both men and women can develop stretch marks anywhere on the body

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FAQs

How does fractional skin resurfacing work?

Minute sections of the skin are targeted with laser light, which penetrates into the tissue, causing small columns of thermal damage which in turn stimulates significant collagen renewal. The surrounding nonaffected areas of skin aid the body’s natural recovery process, allowing dramatic results without significant downtime.

Am I suitable for treatment?

ResurFace treatment is suitable for most people and highly recommended for individuals wanting a brighter, more even skin tone, smoother skin texture with improved skin elasticity, a reduction of wrinkles, reduced pore size and improvement to scars (including acne scars) and stretch marks.

The SmartXide treatment is suitable for both men and women and can significantly improve the appearance of the skin. The first step in treatment involves a thorough consultation to assess your concerns and ensure you are suitable.

How is the treatment carried out?

The skin is cleansed and the handpiece is moved over the skin delivering tiny microscopic laser beams. Typical treatment times vary depending on the skin condition and the area being treated, but will range from 10 to 40 minutes. After treatment the skin is cooled. Protective eyewear must be worn during treatment.

What should I expect after treatment?

You will experience a mild sunburnt sensation for a few hours after treatment and the skin may be red for 1 to 2 days. This is a normal sign that the skin is healing at a deep level. Swelling is likely but minimal, and resolves in 2 to 3 days. As the healing process occurs, your skin may have a ‘bronzed’ appearance that lasts from 3 to 10 days, depending on the treatment level. Your skin will naturally exfoliate and may flake as if you had mild sunburn.

Are there any side effects?

Skin redness, swelling and the bronzing appearance described above are all expected outcomes of treatment. Other unwanted effects are rare but can include a small blister or temporary change to skin pigmentation, such as a darkening of the skin.

What is the consultation procedure?

Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained to confirm suitability. Before proceeding with treatment you will also be asked to complete a consent form.

How does the treatment work?

Our award winning ResurFACE treatment works by treating minute sections of the skin, which stimulate significant collagen renewal in the treated area.  The surrounding non-affected areas of the skin aid the body’s natural recovery process for dramatic results without significant recovery time.  As the new collagen cells replace the old tissue the scars reduce in appearance.

Our SmartXide laser emits light in a pixelated fashion to your skin creating small columns of thermal injury to the epidermis (top layer of skin) and dermis (second layer of skin). This small amount of injury to your skin tissue stimulates the process of collagen remodelling and promotes elastic tissue formation.

How many treatments are necessary?

With ResurFace we often advise a series of 3 to 6 treatments for optimal results and we do find that results continue to improve for months after treatment. Treatment is carried out every 4 to 6 weeks but your laser clinician will advise the optimal frequency during your consultation.

With the SmartXide number of treatments required is dependent upon the exact type of treatment chosen. The SmartXide offers a ‘Soft Laser Peel’ and a ‘Deep Laser Peel’. A Deep Laser Peel delivers the greatest improvement for lines and wrinkles and loss of elasticity and requires the fewest treatments. However, the downtime post-treatment is longer. Typically, only 1 session is needed, though some people do opt to repeat treatment after six months for further improvement. Milder treatments will require follow-up sessions after 4 – 6 weeks.

What does treatment feel like?

A warm sensation is felt during treatment which is found tolerable for most clients. We also use a skin cooling device throughout the treatment which can reduce discomfort.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are rare but could include a small blister which is superficial and would heal within a week or two. Some clients do experience darkening or lightening of the treated skin which is usually temporary and fades over the following months.

We will provide you with aftercare instructions. Please refer to this for guidance. In the case of a deep peel, you may wish to arrange for a few days off work. It is best not to apply make-up for a few days. It is also important to avoid prolonged sun exposure and you should apply sun protection (minimum SPF 50) every day, whatever the weather.

How long does each treatment take?

It takes about 30 minutes to treat the full face. However, some pre- and post-treatment care is required and you will need to be at the clinic for about 2 hours.

What should I expect after treatment?

This varies depending on the intensity of your treatment. You can experience nothing other than mild redness for a few hours, or, in the case of a very deep peel, up to several days of downtime. This downtime may include redness and a feeling similar to sunburn. With a deep peel, it is also normal to experience swelling, particularly around the eyes. Swelling may be present for up to 4 days after treatment. For the first few days following treatment, your skin will form a ‘micro-crust’ and will have a bronzed appearance. The skin will also feel quite tight and it is im-portant that your skin does not dry out (using Vaseline will help to avoid this). The length of downtime will vary depending upon the density and depth of the treatment. We will carefully discuss your treatment goals and expected downtime during a consultation.

Customer Testimonials

Fantastic service. Friendly staff. Best place for laser treatments. They have the clients best interest at heart. Perfect location for when you have had treatment and don’t want to be seen afterwards. Thank you Lynton clinic. I will be back!

Jenny Weinstock

Kirsty was very warm and welcoming when I arrived, as always. Like all the practitioner at the Lynton Clinic, Kirsty made me feel relaxed and confident in her knowledge and experience. Although there are many other treatment centres near my home in Stockport for Facial Thread Kirsty was very warm and welcoming when I arrived, as always. Like all the practitioner at the Lynton Clinic, Kirsty made me feel relaxed and confident in her knowledge and experience. Although there are many other treatment centres near my home in Stockport for Facial Thread Vein removal, I would dream of going anywhere other than Lynton for treatment.

Joe, Stockport

I have had a course of laser hair removal on my back at The Lynton Clinic, having suffered with in-growing hairs now for years I wish I had found this treatment earlier. I no longer have to suffer with this problem and I also have hardly any hair left that I have to deal with. I found them to be very professional and would highly recommend this clinic and treatment to anyone

Andrew Godwin

I have had several fractional laser sessions at Lynton Lasers on what was very severe post acne scarring to the whole of my back. The scarring varied in severity from slight pitting to large patches (2cm squares) of hypertrophic scars. These scars were approximately 18 years old and something I had just learnt to live with. I never really believed anything could be done about them. We started the course of laser with a curious mind to see what results could be achieved but with very little expectation. The treatments were quick and it is absolutely tolerable. There was some sunburn type of heat to the area afterwards but pretty much completely gone after an hour or so. The area then scabbed and I kept it heavily moisturised with a petroleum for about a week. The results have gradually been improving over a 6 month period with in this time I probably had about 3 treatments. The results have been outstanding, the scarring is still visible and will never disappear completely but the difference has been life changing. The confidence I feel to wear clothing and swimwear that reveal that area of my body without feeling embarrassed is amazing. I am hooked and am now curious as what else laser machines can achieve for me!!! Many thanks to the Lynton Team.

Katie Mares

Excellent relaxing treatment with great results.

Barbara, Macclesfield

I recently visited the clinic for some thread vein removal and I was very happy with the treatment that I received. My vessels already look much better and I found the staff to be very professional and helpful. I would be happy to recommend them to anyone.

Martin Rowe

Great treatment by Kirsty who is excellent at her job. Always welcoming, gives good advice and makes me feel extremely confident and comfortable in her care.

Glennis, Macclesfield

Always friendly and easy to deal with.

Leigh, Nantwich

Have been to several clinics for laser hair removal and The Lynton is by far the best. Lovely friendly staff who put you at your ease, together with excellent treatment. Highly recommend.

Janet J

From the moment I walked into reception, to the time spent in the treatment room, I was well looked after.

Amanda Usher , Lynton Clinic Customer, 2015

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