Clinically known as striae, stretch marks are red, pink or purple streaks that progressively become white or gray. Stretch marks form along the thighs, breasts, abdomen, buttocks or upper arms. Pregnant women are especially likely to develop stretch marks, although they can occur due to other factors as well. While no treatment can fully eradicate stretch marks, treatments exist to significantly reduce their appearance. The board-certified dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology, PC, are trained in the latest minimally-invasive stretch mark treatments.
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.
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.
Stretch Mark Treatments
Several treatment options exist for stretch marks; however, none of them will completely erase them. For recent stretch marks, tretinoin creams such as Retin-A can replenish the collagen in the area, lightening their appearance. Older stretch marks may benefit from microdermabrasion, which removes the skin’s upper layer and encourages the growth of new skin. Laser treatments can promote the regrowth of collagen and/or melanin beneath the skin, reducing the appearance of stretch marks. The specific treatment will depend on your specific health, stretch marks, skin color, and budget.
Schedule Your Stretch Mark Treatment Consultation Today
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.