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3 Doctor Answers | Asked by erika24 in tx
Hi Erika, Stretch marks are a sign of irreversible skin injury. During times of rapid weight gain and weight loss, fibers within the dermal layer of the skin tear and rip. Stretch marks are the scars within the skin that result from this skin injury. There are nonsurgical options for lightening stretch marks, including lasers and a variety of topical ointments, but none of these eliminate the stretch marks. While it is possible to excise stretch marks directly, you're essentially...
Unfortunately, I have not seen a succesful method of stretch mark removal other than direct excision. On the lower abdomen, the best way to achieve this is with a tummy tuck because it is the most realistic way to conceal the incision beneath garments. Lasers, IPL, Retin-A may provide mild improvements but generally do not eliminate them.
The only real treatment for stretch marks is to cut the skin. It is wise to use the already existing creases or lower abdominal folds to hide the scar resulting from this excision. Best of luck!