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The Truth About Stretch Marks

Stretch marks: the subject of untold studies, marketing, and complaints. Whether it is due to rapid muscle or weight gain, pulling on skin, pregnancy, or rapid puberty, these stubborn striae can be frustrating for anyone. Their appearance can vary from purple to bright white, and they usually occur in areas where fat is stored, such as breasts, thighs, buttocks, hips, and arms.

Unfortunately, desperate sufferers are easy prey for companies advertising creams, pills, and even devices to combat their undesirable appearance. Stretch marks, however, are caused by a tearing of the dermis. This means that very few so-called “treatments” can even access the area, let alone repair it.

It is often touted that keeping an area extremely moist during a time of anticipated stretch mark formation can reduce their severity and quantity. Though some studies have supported this notion, they are often poorly run and not statistically significant. More than hydration, hormones and genetics play a large role in stretch marks.

So…is there a solution? I’m happy to report there is: lasers. In fact, a 2007 trial showed a 75% improvement in striae in just 5-6 treatments. In my practice, I use the V-Beam Profecta redness laser to improve the color of red or purple stretch marks, and the Fraxel re:store to resurface the skin. The laser creates miniscule damage to the underlying skin, stimulating new collagen formation and improving the appearance and texture of stretch marks.

If you’re interested in discussing a stretch mark solution that fits your needs (just in time for summer), feel free to schedule a consultation with us by calling 212-285-1110 or 516-512-7616.

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About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is the founder and owner of Cosmetic Laser Skin & Surgery Center. With degrees from Harvard University and NYU, along with multiple publications and media features, the double board-certified dermatologist and laser surgeon proudly shares his expertise with patients in Garden City, Manhattan, and those who fly in to receive treatment at his offices. Dr. Rokhsar has worked extensively with Vbeam laser, Thermitight, Coolsculpting, and Fraxel laser technology, as well as Allergan and other injectable brands. He pioneered the Non-Surgical Nose Job and continues to be a leader in his field.

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