Overview of Stretch Marks Removal

Stretch marks form when the skin layer becomes thin and less flexible. They are commonly associated with pregnancy, puberty, and rapid weight gain. As stretch marks mature, they often change from erythematous (red) and pink to white.

Stretch marks may have a genetic component. Microscopically, they indicate scarring of the dermis (inner layer of the skin).

Pulsed dye and vascular lasers can be used to treat stretch marks. Newer fractional resurfacing lasers appear to have a favorable effect as well. In most cases, repeat treatments are necessary. Topical creams, including Retin A, do not produce remarkable improvements in treating stretch marks.

Publication Review By: Christopher J. Dannaker, M.D.

Published: 26 Jul 2006

Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015