What Is A Stretch Mark?

Striae or stretch marks commonly appear due to extensive skin contraction and/or increased glucocorticoid production in puberty, pregnancy, Cushing’s syndrome, exogenous steroid use, and with excessive exercise. Striae are usually present on the abdomen, inner thighs, and around the knee and shoulder joints. Striae usually increases in length and width and acquires a darker reddish-purple appearance over time. The typical white, depressed appearance of older striae develops with continuation of skin tension. Although complete disappearance of stretch marks have been observed, less visible appearance of the scar or stretch mark is a more realistic expectation and result. We have seen dramatic improvements after treating scars in our Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey (Union and Bergen County) locations.

Causes of Stretch Marks

As previously stated, pregnancy is a common cause of stretch marks, due to a combination of the skin stretching and various hormonal factors associated with pregnancy. Stretch marks may also occur as a result of significant weight gain or loss. Certain medications and conditions are also known to cause stretch marks. If you are looking to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks, contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists.

How Are Scars and Stretch Marks Treated?

Many treatment options are available for scar and stretch mark removal. Factors to evaluate before treatment include: the individual’s skin type, scar or stretch mark characteristics, the mechanism of injury, duration of lesion, and the extent of the scars or stretch marks themselves. After all this is considered, your dermatologist will choose which option is most appropriate for you.

There have been exciting and recent improvements in laser technology for scar and stretch mark removal. For some patients, a combination approach with laser treatments can offer a better outcome. There are specific lasers used to lighten and flatten scars. In general, lighter-skinned patients tend to heal better with laser treatments. Darker skin individuals may require more treatment sessions.

Candidates must know that complete scar/stretch mark eradication may not be possible in many cases. However, we have seen several positive results and complete disappearance of scar/stretch marks with our patients. In order to evaluate treatment progress, your dermatologist may suggest taking pre and post photographs with each session. If you are interested learning more about removing scars such as stretch marks or injuries, feel free to schedule a consultation at our offices across New York including Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey (Union and Bergen County).

Stretch Mark Consultation

During your consultation, your dermatologist will examine your stretch marks and review your medical history. To better understand the cause of your stretch marks, you will be asked when they began to form, whether you have any medical conditions, or whether you are taking any medications. Your dermatologist will take these factors into consideration when developing a treatment plan for your stretch marks.

If you are sick of seeing your unsightly stretch marks, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. For your convenience, Advanced Dermatology, PC has offices in Manhattan, Queens (Fresh Meadows, Bayside), Brooklyn, Long Island (Nassau County, Suffolk County), Westchester, (Briarcliff Manor, Ossining), and New Jersey (Ridgewood, Summit). We look forward to meeting you.