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What are stretch marks?
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. David Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Sneid
Dr. David Sneid
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
In brief: Stretch Marks
Stretch marks happen when the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching.
Although the skin is usually fairly elastic, when it's overstretched, the normal production of collagen (the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin) is disrupted. As a result, scars called stretch marks may form.

In brief: Stretch Marks
Stretch marks happen when the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching.
Although the skin is usually fairly elastic, when it's overstretched, the normal production of collagen (the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin) is disrupted. As a result, scars called stretch marks may form.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
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