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Can Stretch Marks Go Away on Their Own?

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ANSWER:

Once stretch marks appear, they generally do not go away on their own without specific treatments usually exclusively available through a doctor. Even if the stretch marks fade, chances are they still won’t go away completely.

More Info: Stretch marks occur when the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, undergoes an abnormal amount of stress and is unable to bounce back. When this occurs, the person affected will notice reddish or purple streaks lining their abdomen, back, buttocks, upper arms, or thighs. These streaks will eventually fade to a white or silver color, and if they are minor enough, they may even fade away naturally. The likelihood of that happening, though, is very slim because the elastin protein fibers lining the dermis do not heal over time.

Treatments Available to Help Stretch Marks

Even though stretch marks won’t just disappear on their own they can fade noticeably through using topical or oral retinoic, but as these treatments have been known to cause birth defects, they should not be used by women who are pregnant or nursing. Doctors will prescribe two forms of birth control for any woman who is using either topical or oral tretinoin.

Other treatments include dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and other cosmetic treatments. One treatment that is growing in popularity is the pulsed dye laser, which has the ability to treat red stretch marks. Laser treatments for red stretch marks reduce inflammation and redness, and also induce collagen growth and help remodel the elastin in the dermis. This helps the overall look of the damaged skin. White stretch marks can also be treated with lasers. These treatments involve fractional laser therapy, which is a type of laser used to vaporize the skin on the surface, acting much like a chemical peel, only more concentrated. Laser treatments for either type of stretch mark involve a shorter recovery time than their cosmetic relatives.

 

Resources

“Stretch marks – MayoClinic.com.” Mayo Clinic medical information and tools for healthy living – MayoClinic.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Aug. 2010. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretch-marks/DS01081.

“Your Skin and Stretch Marks.” WebMD – Better information. Better health.. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Aug. 2010. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/stretch-marks.

“Stretch marks – MayoClinic.com.” Mayo Clinic medical information and tools for healthy living – MayoClinic.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Aug. 2010. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretch-marks/DS01081.

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