Why Do We Get Stretch Marks?

mum standing with hands on hips and showing her belly full of stretch marks after pregnancy Stretch marks are an extremely common asymptomatic skin condition. These striations can appear any time your skin stretches or shrinks quickly. You might notice them on your stomach, hips, thighs, upper arms, breasts, lower back, or buttocks. The scars typically start as red or purple, then get darker or fade to a color slightly lighter than your skin tone. 

While stretch marks are completely harmless, you might want to remove them for cosmetic reasons. At Aglow Dermatology, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Dina Strachan utilizes a variety of treatments to fade the appearance of stretch marks. 

What Causes Stretch Marks?

Anyone can develop stretch marks, but some factors like genetics, being female, or your cortisol levels can increase your likelihood.

Common causes of stretch marks include:

  • Rapid weight loss or gain.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Body shape changes during puberty.
  • Breast enlargement procedures.
  • Taking corticosteroids.
  • Disorders like Cushing’s syndrome or Marfan syndrome. 

How Do I Get Rid of My Stretch Marks?

Most stretch marks fade over time, but there are ways to promote collagen production and speed along the scar tissue healing process. If you’ve noticed new stretch marks appearing, you might be able to minimize more in the future by moisturizing your skin, staying well hydrated, and taking a vitamin C supplement. The appearance of mild stretch marks might also improve with home treatments like cocoa butter, aloe vera, or castor oil. 

Ultimately, seeing a dermatologist is the fastest and most effective way to eliminate stretch marks. Dr. Strachan’s Murray Hill dermatology office utilizes advanced stretch mark removal treatments, including chemical peelsand microneedling RF. These options can break up scar tissue and help your skin remodel for a more uniform appearance.

Schedule Your New York Stretch Mark Removal Consultation 

At Aglow Dermatology, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Strachan uses her extensive knowledge of medical and cosmetic treatments to help patients achieve skin that’s as healthy as it is beautiful. As a skin of color expert, Dr. Strachan is well-versed in the best options for all skin tones. If you want to say goodbye to stretch marks and enjoy smoother skin, call 212-627-1004 to schedule a consultation at our Murray Hill, NYC dermatologist practice.

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