STRETCH MARKS: EX­PLAINED

By Dr. Ghada Jayy­oussi

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pounds over the 9 months of preg­nancy may help re­duce them.

What is the treat­ment for stretch marks?

There are a wide va­ri­ety of treat­ments, but none of them seem to be par­tic­u­larly valu­able in pre­vent­ing or treat­ing this con­di­tion. It is gen­er­ally agreed that there is no good med­i­cal ev­i­dence that any creams or oint­ments will pro­duce any sus­tained im­prove­ment in the ap­pear­ance of stretch marks. Sur­gi­cal meth­ods. Der­mabra­sion, chem­i­cal peels, laser surgery or ul­tra­sound are just some of them.

Lo­tions and creams. Pre­scrip­tion Retin-A or Ta­zo­rac gels or creams stim­u­late col­la­gen to help im­prove stretch marks over time. Only the pink/pur­ple-col­ored ones will fade though; the grey/white marks are ma­ture and do not re­spond to treat­ment. Over-the-counter prod­ucts like LacHy­drin lo­tion hy­drate the skin to help to re­duce the ap­pear­ance of stretch marks.

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