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How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

How to reduce the appearance of stretch marks…

Stretch marks are a common skin condition that affects many people. Often the result of rapid growth due to pregnancy, weight gain, and even weight loss, stretch marks can be extremely difficult to treat.

Stretch marks form in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin that helps it retains its shape. Constant stretching of the skin causes the dermis to breakdown, resulting in scarring.

Stretch marks, or striae, often start as small reddish or purple marks before developing into scars that appears as glossy, shiny streaks on the skin.

Both men and women can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies, including the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or lower back.

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Strech Marks Across Chest And Shoulders

Image Credit: Taleb247, 2011.

Unfortunately, most non-surgical treatments for stretch marks do not work very well. However, younger, healthier patients with supple skin tone and a healthy diet may see better results than others when trying to get rid of stretch marks.

Prescription Methods

Perhaps the most popular and effective treatment for stretch marks is called Tretinoin. This can be obtained with a prescription from your doctor.

Over-the-Counter Products

OTC products are typically less effective. However moisturizers can help with appearance and itchiness, and sunless tanning products can help mask the scars.

Visit your Dermatologist

Stretch marks are often best treated by a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. He or she can determine which treatment, surgical or non-surgical, is best for you.

Does Insurance Cover Stretch Mark Treatment?

Unfortunately, treatments for stretch marks are usually classified as an elective cosmetic procedure (even in the most sever cases). Talk to your particular provider to see what is covered under your plan.


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  1. Thumbnail Image: Patrick Fitzgerald, 2005.
  2. Richard Weil: Skin Conditions: Stretch Marks. MedicineNet, 03/03/2010.

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