In your opinion, do you think there will ever be a treatment that can significantly reduce or even completely heal stretch marks?
Will There Ever Be a Cure for Stretch Marks?
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What to do about stretch marks
Unfortunately stretch marks cannot be removed by any non-surgical method. The only way they can be removed is through surgery. Stretch marks are caused because the skin is stretched beyond its capacity to recoil. Its like a rubber band that is over stretched and can never regain its original shortened length. Any laser that claims to tighten skin has not addressed the basic physiologic problem which is a dermis that is overstretched. The laser will however help the coloration but the stretch marks themselves will persist. You have to ask yourself if the goal is stretch mark removal or if its the discoloration that bothers you. Your best option is to have them surgically remove where appropriate. Unfortunately not all areas are amenable to surgery. Visit with a plastic surgeon.
Will there ever be a cure for stretch marks?
A stretch mark is a misnomer. A mark is superficial - just like one left with a pen or a felt marker.
A stretch mark is actually a CRACK in the skin which heals with a visible scar. Although it starts as pink or purple because of all the blood vessels in the crack, with time these blood vessels seal and the scar tissue becomes silvery white. In essence, skin with stretch marks is permanently damaged with loss of tone and tensile strength.
Is is said that whoever learns to modulate and control scar tissue formation will earn much more than just the Nobel Prize. We have NOTHING close to even doing so.
Although I would like to believe that such a day will come, if will not be any time soon.
Peter A Aldea, MD
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