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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.


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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.


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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 can make stretch marks invisible..?

STRETCH MARKS: There is nothing that can make stretch marks invisible. Sorry. ...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?

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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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?

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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Is it possible to cure stretch marks?

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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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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