Stretch mark removal procedures use advanced laser technology to address skin imperfections caused by drastic weight loss or weight gain, adolescent growth spurts, or pregnancy. Stretch marks can manifest on many different parts of the body, appearing as raised or indented white stripes on the skin. They are commonly found on the stomach, arms, thighs, and buttocks.

The Palomar Icon ™ XD Aesthetic System is an FDA-approved laser treatment that is clinically proven to be effective for non-invasive stretch mark removal. It works by stimulating new tissue production and collagen generation for smoother, more even-toned skin.

Reasons To Undergo This Procedure

Stretch marks are rarely visible under everyday clothing, but some people tend to be self-conscious about them, making them unable to wear certain types of clothing that expose the affected parts of their skin. This is particularly true for women, who normally develop stretch marks on various parts of their body during pregnancy.

Stretch mark removal using the Palomar Icon laser offers a significant improvement on the following physical (and emotional) issues caused by these skin imperfections:

  1. Skin discoloration
  2. Uneven skin texture
  3. Self-confidence

What Are The Benefits?

Laser therapy is a quick and virtually painless way to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Proven to be effective on both shallow and deep stretch marks, it delivers faster results than typical treatments such as topical creams and lotions, and entails none of the extended downtime or prolonged healing associated with surgery.

As with any cosmetic procedure, laser stretch mark removal requires a licensed and certified medical professional for best results. As a double-board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jacob Sedgh is exceedingly qualified for all surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures.

This procedure offers the following benefits:

  1. Permanent stretch mark removal
  2. Smoother skin
  3. Uniform color and texture

During your initial consultation, Dr. Sedgh will thoroughly assess the areas that require treatment. He will evaluate your skin type and the severity of your stretch marks to determine the recommended settings for your skin concerns and the number of sessions required, as multiple sessions are often needed to achieve complete stretch mark removal. He will then detail the process of undergoing Palomar Icon laser therapy and how it works to eliminate the stretch marks on the skin.

Here’s what you can expect from your initial consultation:

  1. Complete examination of the affected areas
  2. Brief discussion on your medical history and other relevant lifestyle factors
  3. Explanation of the laser treatment

Patients who cannot come in for an in-office consultation with Dr. Sedgh can also opt for virtual consultations, which are conducted through video conferencing.

Stretch Mark Removal Procedure

The Palomar Icon™ XD laser makes use of an integrated Skintel Melanin Reader to correctly determine the skin type of the patient, which is essential in identifying the optimum laser strength levels required for effective treatment of the patient’s specific skin issues.

This multipurpose medical grade laser can be fitted with different handpieces for different types of skin concerns. For stretch mark removal, it uses a fractional non-ablative laser handpiece:


  • 1540 nm spectral range
  • used for fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing, soft tissue coagulation, and removal of acne scars, melasma, surgical scars, and stretch marks

Prior to the procedure, the skin on your affected areas will be cleansed to prepare for treatment. A topical anesthetic will then be applied to numb the skin and prevent any possible pain or discomfort. As with any laser procedure, you will also be asked to wear specialized safety glasses to protect your eyes from the laser light.

Using the 1540 handpiece, Dr. Sedgh will then pulse light into small sections of the target area until the entire affected surface has been treated.

After the procedure, a cooling serum will be applied to help soothe the newly treated skin. Sunscreen may also be applied, depending on the location of the treated area.


Laser stretch mark removal is an outpatient treatment that entails little to no downtime. Immediately after the session, patients can expect some localized redness in the treated area. In some cases, you may also experience some slight bruising and crusting.

All side effects should subside within the next few days, but as with any laser procedure, it is important to avoid sun exposure or the use of harsh chemicals within the first few weeks. The treated areas must also be handled gently to ensure proper healing.

To ensure that your skin is healing properly, Dr. Sedgh will take the time to monitor your post-treatment progress through regularly scheduled follow-up appointments. This allows him to assess your skin’s response to the treatment and determine whether additional laser sessions are required.

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