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Dr. Morris Westfried
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Stretch Marks (Overview)

Stretch marks = striae caused by rapid stretching of skin.


Dr. Morris Westfried
260 doctors shared insights

Stretch Marks (Overview)

Stretch marks = striae caused by rapid stretching of skin.


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What does it mean when you get stretch marks around ur nipples?

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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What can I do to treat stretch marks?

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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What type of cream is effective in treating stretch marks/loose skin?

What type of cream is effective in treating stretch marks/loose skin?

Nothing Really: Stretch marks come from a damage to the dermis, the deeper layer of the skin. Creams have not been shown to correct stretch marks, because it is a scar in the dermis. There is a new laser out cellulaze that promises to improve cellulite and stretch marks, however the verdict is not in. ...Read more

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Which treatment for stretch marks is the very best?

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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Can cocoa butter or other drugstore treatments help with stretch marks?

Can cocoa butter or other drugstore treatments help with stretch marks?

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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What's the best thing to get to get rid of stretch marks?

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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How can I prevent stretch marks?

Weight management: The truth is you can't prevent stretch marks if they are going to develop. However, you can lessen the likelihood by watching pregnancy weight gain -- the average weight gain in pregnancy is 25-35 pounds. Simple, smart health habits that maintain healthy tissue will keep your skin healthy -- not cocoa butter, creams, or lotions. ...Read more

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How to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy..?

How to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy..?

Difficult: Keeping the skin well hydrated helps but is not a guarantee. It is very random who will get stretch marks. Most women will get stretch marks. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to treat mild back acne? I also hav derma oil which gets rid of scars stretch marks and uneven skin tone. Is that okay to use?

Whats the best way to treat mild back acne? I also hav derma oil which gets rid of scars stretch marks and uneven skin tone. Is that okay to use?

Usually need Rx: Acne on the trunk usually requires both a topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid derivatives, and/or salicylic acid, plus a systemic antibiotic for at least a few weeks which you'll need to get from your physician. You are free to use your derma-oil but if you actually believe it will "get rid of" scars and pigmentation, you'll be disappointed. The world's full of misleading ads. ...Read more

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Can you still get stretch marks at 50?

Can you still get stretch marks at 50?

Probably: I know this is a minority view, but i believe stretch marks have less to do with stretching than with increased hormone levels; that's why they are most common in teenagers, pregnant women, and obese people (fat cells secrete estrogen). If you are getting stretch marks at 50 for no obvious reason, see your doctor to rule out a hormonal problem. ...Read more

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Do lotions help to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy? Some women swear by them and some don't. I've read that it's a genetic thing. What does work?

Do lotions help to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy? Some women swear by them and some don't. I've read that it's a genetic thing. What does work?

Probably not.: Keeping your skin hydrated is always a good thing, but it's no guarantee that you will avoid stretch marks. For every product that people swear works like a miracle, you'll find others posting that the same cream didn't work. Whether you choose to use lotions/creams or not, remember that stretch marks are a proof that you brought new life into this world, and thus are a badge of honor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do you get stretch marks genetically or is it from environmental and other factors?

Skin tears: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem. ...Read more

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What are stretch marks?

Tearing of dermis: When skin stretches rapidly like with pregnancy or weight gain the top layer or dermis can tear. When this happens it becomes discolored in some individuals causing stretch marks. ...Read more

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What causes stretch marks?

No: Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched due to obesity or pregnancy. Then, after whatever caused the stretching of the skin goes away (delivery or weight loss)- the skin changes persist. ...Read more

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How are stretch marks made?

How are stretch marks made?

Stretch marks.: Stretch marks are created when the skin is stretched (i.e., weight loss) causing dermal & epidermal tearing. ...Read more