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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are a very common condition, but this doesn’t stop them from looking unsightly and causing distress for many people, often leading to self-consciousness and a loss of confidence. With targeted, expert treatment from a professional like Doctor Roya Jafari Hassad in NY, the appearance of stretch marks can be dramatically improved, giving patients their confidence and their life back. This page will review the key info and guide you on your treatment journey.

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks – also known as striae distensae – are scars or streaks caused by the rapid growth or over-stretching of the skin. Our skin is normally quite elastic, but when stretched beyond its limits, the production of collagen and elastin is disrupted. The result is long, thin, and deep lines that are initially red, pink, or purple before fading to white or silver over time.


What causes stretch marks?

The most widely known cause of this condition is undoubtedly pregnancy, but there are a number of other possible causes as well. Both men and women can be affected, and people of all age groups can suffer from stretch marks. Some of the causes include:

  • Weight gain/loss;
  • Rapid growth spurts;
  • Puberty;
  • Genetics (stretch marks often run in the family);
  • Certain medicine (e.g. corticosteroids);
  • Bodybuilding;
  • Hormone production;
  • Medical conditions, e.g. diseases such as Marfan; syndrome and Cushing’s syndrome.

Where do stretch marks appear?

They aren’t just a belly thing! They can affect various parts of the body, with some of the most common areas being the following:

  • Stomach;
  • Thighs;
  • Arms;
  • Buttocks;
  • Breasts;
  • Back;
  • Knees.

Are they dangerous?

Generally speaking, stretch marks are harmless for our health, and the only damage they do can be to our self-confidence. However, it’s worth seeing a physician if you have large stretch marks combined with the following:

  • More fat on your stomach and chest, but slim arms and legs
  • Fat build-up on the back of your neck/shoulders
  • A red, puffy, and rounded face

In this specific case, the stretch marks could be symptoms of a disease called Cushing’s syndrome.

Can striae distensae be treated?

The great news is that striae distensae can be treated. Advanced technological treatments offered by professionals such as Doctor Roya can improve the appearance of stretch marks. If you’re looking to get rid of stretch marks, it’s recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible: it’s much easier to target the marks when they are still in their initial reddish phase, before they fade to white.

Do creams and lotions work on striae distensae?

Many creams and lotions claim to be able to reduce or remove stretch marks. These include retinoid creams (often called tretinoin) and hyaluronic acid. Unfortunately, there is very little evidence to suggest that they actually work. In addition, retinoid creams should be avoided if pregnant, as they may harm the baby. This is why Doctor Roya recommends laser treatment for the safest and most effective reduction of stretch marks.

Treatment for stretch marks in New York

Doctor Roya uses advanced Fraxel laser technology for the resurfacing of superficial skin and removal of stretch marks. This non-invasive, non-ablative laser therapy is FDA-approved and works by heating the skin, triggering the production of collagen and elastin. This stimulates the body’s healing process and produces a mild tightening effect. Laser treatment for striae distensae is customizable for all skin types and tones. For best results, we usually recommend 3-5 sessions spaced 2-4 weeks apart.

Stretch mark treatment: before and after

Patients who choose to undergo treatment for striae distensae can expect to see a significant reduction and improvement in the appearance of the marks. It’s important for patients to be realistic and understand that, once present, stretch marks can never be fully erased. That said, the results often include:

  • Smoother skin;
  • More uniform appearance;
  • Reduction in stretch mark depth/size;
  • Reduction in discoloration;
  • Reduction in blemishes.

And since a picture paints a thousand words, here are some photos to give you an idea of what you can expect from stretch mark treatment:

During and after stretch mark treatment

During laser treatment for striae distensae, topical anesthetic cream may be applied to enhance the patient’s comfort. Cooling devices can also be used to prevent the skin from heating up to uncomfortable temperatures during the process. Afterward, patients will need around 2-4 days to heal. There is likely to be some redness and peeling of the affected area during this time. It’s important to avoid the sun for a couple of weeks to prevent further damage and maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.

Mommy Makeover

Moms go through a lot during pregnancy and childbirth. A woman’s body changes in so many different ways, some more unexpected than others. Why not roll your stretch mark treatment in with a Mommy Makeover package from Doctor Roya? This can include procedures such as fat grafting to perk up sunken areas, a tummy tuck to reduce sagging, breast enhancements to counteract any undesired changes, liposuction, and facial rejuvenation to say goodbye to that tired expression!


Thanks to Doctor Roya’s advanced Fraxel laser technology, almost all skin types and tones are good candidates for stretch mark treatment. If you’d like an assessment to confirm your suitability for the treatment, book a consultation today.

Most people experience Fraxel laser treatment for stretch marks as a stinging or prickling sensation. Your physician can apply topical anesthesia (numbing cream) in advance to alleviate any pain. Contact Doctor Roya today for more information.

Patient's Testimonies

As a new mom, I was really self-conscious about my stretch marks. The team at Doctor Roya Institute was so compassionate and understanding. Their stretch mark treatments have significantly faded the appearance of my stretch marks, helping me feel confident in my post-baby body again.
- Sophia L.


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