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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Stretchy Skin (Overview)

Stretchy skin can be related to increased elasticity of the outermost tissue covering the body. In Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) collagen & connective tissues may be weak - causing stretchy skin.


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Is it bad to have stretchy skin, is this bad?

Is it bad to have stretchy skin, is this bad?

Not bad: This is not a problem. You should focus on sun protection (sunscreen, hats, avoiding intense sun exposure), gentle cleanser and moisturizers to maintain your youthful skin over time. You can also add in laser resurfacing or chemical peels to remove any existing sun damage and minimize the effects of aging and sun exposure. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
25 doctors shared insights

Stretchy Skin (Overview)

Stretchy skin can be related to increased elasticity of the outermost tissue covering the body. In Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) collagen & connective tissues may be weak - causing stretchy skin.


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What are ways to get rid of stretchy skin?

What are ways to get rid of stretchy skin?

Good plastic surgery: Loose, sagging skin cannot be exercised, lasered, rf-treated, or tightened by anything other than skilled plastic surgery to excise the excess and tighten the remaining skin! after pregnancy or weight loss don't waste your time or money on anything but plastic surgery by an expert in body contouring surgery. ...Read more

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What's up with my stretchy skin?

What's up with my stretchy skin?

Genetics and weight : Very complex question there are genetic conditions that predispose for stretchy skin, ehler-danlos, cutis laxa, among others(collagen disorders). Stretchy skin in non affected patients are due to part genetics, part weight fluctuations (pregnancies, obesity), part tobacco use and nutrition. The former patients should seek genetic counseling for diagnosis, the latter patients could consult their md. ...Read more

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Is stretchy skin good or bad?

Is stretchy skin good or bad?

Hard to say: Stretchy skin could be a sign of ehlers danlos disease. I would see a rheumatologist regarding this possibility. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
Once
Avoid picking at them
Once
Have them removed if needed by a doctor
Once
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Why might I have stretchy skin?

Why might I have stretchy skin?

Genetics, pregnacy: Loss of skin elasticity usually comes with age, pregnancy, weight loss as well as genetics. While rare, there are certain physiologic causes of "stretchy skin.". ...Read more

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What's up with my stretchy skin?

Genetics and weight : Very complex question there are genetic conditions that predispose for stretchy skin, ehler-danlos, cutis laxa, among others(collagen disorders). Stretchy skin in non affected patients are due to part genetics, part weight fluctuations (pregnancies, obesity), part tobacco use and nutrition. The former patients should seek genetic counseling for diagnosis, the latter patients could consult their md. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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Is it bad to have stretchy skin, is this bad?

Not bad: This is not a problem. You should focus on sun protection (sunscreen, hats, avoiding intense sun exposure), gentle cleanser and moisturizers to maintain your youthful skin over time. You can also add in laser resurfacing or chemical peels to remove any existing sun damage and minimize the effects of aging and sun exposure. ...Read more

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How can I make embarrassingly stretchy skin go away?

Cosmetic Surgery: Several options to help with loose, stretch skin. One option would be radio frequency device, such as thermage. This technique helps to contour and tighten loose stretch skin with one to two treatments. A second option would be to cosmetically, surgically remove and tighten the excessive skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Get tested for food allergies
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I have stretchy skin, what will happen to me when I age?

I have stretchy skin, what will happen to me when I age?

The skin will sag: As one ages the skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag. It is important to get on a good skin regimen early in life and avoid excessive skin exposure. Treatments such as the titan may be helpful as well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Stretchy skin?

What is the definition or description of: Stretchy skin?

Stretchy skin: Stretchy skin can be related to increased elasticity of the outermost tissue covering the body. In Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) collagen & connective tissues may be weak - causing stretchy skin. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
Once
Use mild soap when washing the skin
Once
Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
Once
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What can be done to tighten loose/ stretchy skin?

What can be done to tighten loose/ stretchy skin?

It depends: Usually we tighten loose skin by surgery but that requires scars which might be hard to hide depending on the location of the skin and surgery has risks. Some doctors are using lasers to thicken the skin but there are limits to how well they work. Sometimes we can fill the area with fillers/fat so it doesn't look so loose but we've all seen overfilled faces. See your plastic surgeon for options. ...Read more

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What are ways to get rid of stretchy skin?

Good plastic surgery: Loose, sagging skin cannot be exercised, lasered, rf-treated, or tightened by anything other than skilled plastic surgery to excise the excess and tighten the remaining skin! after pregnancy or weight loss don't waste your time or money on anything but plastic surgery by an expert in body contouring surgery. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
Once
If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
Once
If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
Once
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I'm flexible and have slightly stretchy skin, does this meani have ehler danlos syndrome?

Maybe: The diagnosis is made on the basis of a history and physical exam. If you have concerns, see your family doctor or a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I have pretty stretchy skin everywhere (including my breasts), but they are not saggy. Is this normal?

Skin Elasticity: Skin elasticity can change as we age. Gravity, sun exposure, smoking, can all cause skin to become more lax or "stretchy." if you were previously heavy and lost weight this may result in skin not contracting. A plastic surgeon can help you find a solution to your particular issues. ...Read more

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