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Tate Laser and Aesthetics

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

Lasers are not really a magic wand, but you may think you’ve encountered a magician after your laser treatment for skin blemishes is done. Whether you want to heal spots, scars, or stretch marks on your body, Dr. Jason Tate and our team here at Tate MD Laser and Aesthetics are experts at using lasers to restore your skin. We’ve been helping our clients in the Taneytown, Maryland, area look and feel great by offering the best in aesthetic care. Got a skin blemish you don’t like? Here’s a look at how lasers can treat them all.

What are lasers?

The word laser is actually an acronym that stands for Light Amplified by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In layman’s terms, that means a laser is a single-wavelength source of light that focuses on one specific area. When lasers are used in cosmetic procedures, they work by producing heat that destroys cells in that one area. For this to work, the wavelength of the laser must be in sync with the color of the target – a brown spot, for example.

Doctors use several different types of lasers depending on the condition they are treating. All of them are quite effective and require very little follow-up once the treatment is complete.


Lasers can be very effective in removing various spots on your skin. Depending on the color of the spot, the doctor must choose the laser with the wavelength that best matches that color.


If you have scars caused by acne or trauma, scar reduction laser treatment can help smooth out those rough areas while evening out the pigmentation. This kind of fractional laser technology breaks down your existing scar tissue and stimulates the production of new tissue. 

The laser also helps produce new collagen, which helps to firm and tone your skin while filling in the impressions caused by scars.

Stretch marks 

Stretch marks often appear on women’s skin after pregnancy, and they can appear on men and women after rapid weight gain or growth. They show up when rapid growth causes the middle skin layer to tear, exposing the deeper levels of skin underneath. Stretch marks may look bumpy and reddish-brown at first, but they often fade to a silver or white color. 

While lasers likely will not get rid of your stretch marks entirely, stretch marks treatment can break down existing scar tissue and encourage collagen growth filling in the irregularities caused by scarring. This will make your stretch marks smoother in both texture and appearance.

No matter what skin condition you want to tackle, chances are that lasers may be what can help.  Schedule a consultation and plan exactly what type of treatment you need. Start improving your skin today with the power of laser technology.