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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are usually thin, shiny, slightly indented and wrinkled lines that appear on the body after the skin has been stretched beyond its capacity to snap back. Stretch marks differ from scars because they are not composed of dense fibrotic tissue. Instead, they represent an absence of tissue - gaps in the dermis left by stretched or torn elastic fibers just beneath the skin’s surface. They occur following rapid weight gain and/or increase in body size that abruptly stretches the skin. Stretch marks first appear as deep red marks that gradually fade into a silvery white color over time. The epidermis over the stretch marks becomes thinner, giving the surface a fragile feel and appearance.

Possible Treatments


Fraxel Laser

Fraxel is a laser treatment that can improve the appearance of photodamaged skin (wrinkles and/or discoloration), as well as scarred skin by evening out skin texture and tone.


Vascular Laser

The vascular-specific laser is a laser treatment that can be used to treat a wide range of concerns, including angiomas, hemangiomas, port-wine stains, rosacea, scars, and spider veins. The selective vascular systems includes the pulsed dye (PDL), V Beam, YAG, and Cynergy lasers.



Microneedling involves application of a specialized, motorized tip with thin needles to the skin. The treatment is used to minimize wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and enlarged pores in all skin types and body locations.

Book a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists today to determine the best treatment plan for you.

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