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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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 by a doctor if needed
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

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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 a dermatologist for checkups
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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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
Once
Use mild soap when washing your skin
Once
Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
Once
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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 Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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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 abscess thoroughly
Once
If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
Once
See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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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On my bikini line, I have this circular hole that is covered by loose, stretchy skin. The hole goes somewhat deep. Any ideas as to what it is?

On my bikini line, I have this circular hole that is covered by loose, stretchy skin. The hole goes somewhat deep. Any ideas as to what it is?

Circular hole AND tretchy skin: Have you ever had surgery in the past? What level of the bikini line is the circularl hole, midline, to the left to the right? For how long you have it? Any fluid drains through the skin?
Is this the defect, close to the groin, when you cough, does it bulge?

You should see a doctor, if you never had surgery in the past, this may be an hernia, which will require assessment for possible correction ...Read more

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I have abnormally stretchy skin and joints. Why?

Maybe genetics: There are variations of "normal" skin and joint laxity, but there are also genetic conditions such as ehlers-danlos syndrome and cutis laxa which have the characteristics you mention. Ask your doctor the next time you see him/her. There may be other things to be aware of if you have one of these conditions. ...Read more

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How to get rid of stretchy skin after losing weight?

How to get rid of stretchy skin after losing weight?

Surgery: If it doesn't improve by itself, lax skin can be surgically removed. ...Read more

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I have really stretchy skin. Worried I might have ehlers-danlos syndrome?

I have really stretchy skin. Worried I might have ehlers-danlos syndrome?

Possibly: However, the hallmark of eds is increased extensibility of joints. If you do not have this, you do not have eds. ...Read more

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I notice dark, stretchy skin on my vagina after my delivery. What do I dol?

I notice dark, stretchy skin on my vagina after my delivery. What do I dol?

Give time 2 contract: This is normal immediately following pregnancy and is commonly due to vascular engorgement during pregnancy and delivery not unlike the same process that contributes to hemorrhoid formation. Allow at least 6/9 months for the tissue to contract (like your. Belly skin) and re-assess at that time. Labiaplasty is an option for persistent enlargement that is symptomatic. ...Read more

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All my wounds healed fine when I was a kid, now they're resembling ehlers danlos along with stretchy skin. Do effects not manifest until later in life?

Important evaluation: Ed manifests more as we age. Biggest concern is alterations in blood vessels which may result in big problems. You need to be seen by an opthalmologist and dentist and also have genetic counseling. Most obvious presenting problems include joint dislocations, wound healing problems, and scarring. Avoid heavy lifting. Get evaluated asap as complications can be very problematic if left undiagnosed. ...Read more

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Is there any ring of stretchy skin inside your vagina other than your hymen?

Yes the entire vagin: The entire length of the vagina is co posed of elastic tissue that can stretch to accommodate a baby during childbirth. ...Read more

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I have a congenital lesion on shoulder, I want to find out what it is. Round, thin pink/blue stretchy skin. Non involuting congenital hemangioma?

I have a congenital lesion on shoulder, I want to find out what it is. Round, thin pink/blue stretchy skin. Non involuting congenital hemangioma?

Probably Benign: From the description of the lesion ir sounds like a hemangioma or some other vascular nevus. The best course would be to see a dermatologist for a conclusive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have little lumps under your tongue under the stretchy skin bit. I had them for a long time, is this something to be worried about?

Is it normal to have little lumps under your tongue under the stretchy skin bit. I had them for a long time, is this something to be worried about?

Salivary ducts: From what you describe, it is most likely where the two salivary ducts from your salivary glands are and is completely normal. Have your dentist take a look just to be sure. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have extra stretchy skin without having some serious underlying condition like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan Syndrome?

Potentially: There certainly is a variation in what is considered normal for skin elasticity. Don't hesitate to be seen if there is a question. A biopsy can usually be pretty definitive if there'd is any question about the diagnosis. ...Read more