Plastic Surgery Procedures - Stretchmark Treatment


Skin does not bounce back if it's been stretched by rapid growth due to pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss. Instead, it becomes decorated by a form of scarring called stretch marks, or striae. Stretch marks often start off as reddish or purplish in color and then become glossy skin that appears streaked in silver or white.

Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin that allows it to retain its shape. However, when constantly stretched, the dermis can break down leaving behind stretch marks.

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.

There are several treatment options for stretch marks. The degree of success with any treatment will be impacted by your age, your skin tone and even your diet.

Dermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser surgery can be used to address unwanted stretch marks.