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Dr. Morris Westfried
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Stretch Marks (Overview)

Stretch marks are a condition where the skin is stretched by weight gain or during pregnancy, leaving slightly indented lines where the surface layer of skin "cracked" apart slightly.


Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
36 years in practice
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Can working out with a stair stepper cause stretch marks.?

Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
36 years in practice
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Can working out with a stair stepper cause stretch marks.?

No: No, but weight gain certainly can -- and does. ...Read more

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Stretch Marks (Overview)

Stretch marks are a condition where the skin is stretched by weight gain or during pregnancy, leaving slightly indented lines where the surface layer of skin "cracked" apart slightly.


Dr. Daniel Careaga
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
13 years in practice
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What does it mean when you get stretch marks around ur nipples?

Dr. Daniel Careaga
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
13 years in practice
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What does it mean when you get stretch marks around ur nipples?

Nothing : A stretch mark is like a tear in the skin except the most superficial layer was left intact. Some people form stretch marks easily. Factors in men include rapid weight gain or loss and weight lifting. ...Read more

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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What can I do to treat stretch marks?

Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
14M people helped
What can I do to treat stretch marks?

Laser, co2 injection: Fractionated laser can improve the appearance of stretch marks, although it is more effective in red fresh stretch marks. Another treatment is carboxytherapy, injections of medical carbon dioxide gas, which can improve both red and older stretch marks in any color of skin with no downtime. Increased blood supply stimulates new collagen formation in a few weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Litt
Board Certified, Dermatology
66 years in practice
1M people helped
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What can make stretch marks invisible..?

Dr. Jerome Litt
Board Certified, Dermatology
66 years in practice
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STRETCH MARKS: There is nothing that can make stretch marks invisible. Sorry. ...Read more

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Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
51 years in practice
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What type of cream is effective in treating stretch marks/loose skin?

Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
51 years in practice
690K people helped
What type of cream is effective in treating stretch marks/loose skin?

None: Don't get sucked into "hype" marketing.If you really want to get rid of loose skin see a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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Which treatment for stretch marks is the very best?

Dr. Pierre Moeser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
2M people helped
Which treatment for stretch marks is the very best?

Difficult: Stretch marks are best treated in the red phase before they become white (old). Some creams including ones with vitamin e are being tried but the results are poor. Laser treatments are being used for the white stretch marks. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary Lambe
Board Certified, Travel Medicine
40 years in practice
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Can cocoa butter or other drugstore treatments help with stretch marks?

Dr. Mary Lambe
Board Certified, Travel Medicine
40 years in practice
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Yes, other ideas too: Some try cocoa butter, shea butter and vitamin e but studies are murky whether these help. New stretch marks can benefit from application of tretinoin cream (unless pregnant) which is a prescription cream or gel and new marks also respond to pulsed laser therapy. Older stretch marks improve with use of microdermabrasion and excimer lasers. Glycolic acid peel helps both new and old stretch marks. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Is it possible to cure stretch marks?

Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Is it possible to cure stretch marks?

Stretch marks: Can only thin areas of thickened stretch marks. The areas cannot be cured. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
Board Certified, Phlebology
35 years in practice
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What's the best thing to get to get rid of stretch marks?

Dr. Ted King
Board Certified, Phlebology
35 years in practice
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Avoidance: Unfortunately, the best way to get rid of a stretch mark is to not get one in the first place. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
132M people helped
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Is it possible to get stretch marks and/or cellulite from being on the birth control pill or another hormonal birth control?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
132M people helped
Is it possible to get stretch marks and/or cellulite from being on the birth control pill or another hormonal birth control?

Weight gain: Some who gain weight while on birth control pills may develop strech marks;cellulite if the weight gain is excessive. ...Read more

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