What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch Marks (also known as Striae) are pink, red, or purplish depressed streaks appearing on the skin due to literally a “stretching” of the skin resulting in decreased elastic fibers.  The stretching that causes stretch marks can be due to pregnancy, weight gain, medications, or an underlying medical condition.  Stretch marks are common on the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, thighs, or buttocks.  They are more common in women compared to men, especially pregnant women.

What is the treatment for Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are benign and asymptomatic so treatment is solely for cosmetic reasons.  Treatment options can include: creams like tretinoin, lasers, or microdermabrasion.  In general stretch marks fade over time and become less noticeable.

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