The goal of StretchMarks.org is to provide quality information about striae, as well as a list of physicians who offer treatment near you. There are an abundance of treatments marketed today, both for in-home use as well as in spa and clinics, which claim to be highly effective at treating or ‘removing’ these unsightly lesions from the body. The best option is, and always has been, to consult with a physician that has the experience and knowledge of the skin to help you. These professionals are the most likely to give you the range of options available to you. To find a board-certified physician, you may use our Find a Doctor locator service.
StretchMarks.org is the online authority for stretch marks, their treatment, and laser therapy. Our mission is to provide you with unbiased, scientifically accurate information about striae, commonly known as stretch marks, as well as potential treatments. The information published on this website is written and provided by some of America's foremost dermatologists and laser surgery experts. Information provided by individuals on this site should be considered opinion and cannot replace the advice of and consultation with a physician, but can be educational and help inform you.
This site was founded to help patients struggling to improve their image find a reliable resource to learn what is fact and what is fiction. Stretch marks, or striae, are lesions that tend to form in the dermis during periods of hormonal flux, with weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and other periods of hormone change. When our body's elastic fibers deep beneath the epidermis become damaged these scars can appear. Women often tend to get them on their breasts, thighs, hips, abdomen, arms, around the belly button, buttocks, and back. This is especially true during puberty and pregnancy when a rapid onset of marks can appear. Initially they may be red, but as the redness fades, they may turn white. However, contrary to conventional wisdom, and their unfortunate name, stretch marks are not caused solely by skin stretching. To learn more, please feel free to search our site, read patient reviews or contact a doctor.
Dr. Eric Bernstein explains that stretch marks aren’t necessarily caused by the skin stretching. The real cause of stretch marks is hormones. Hormones that are generated during times of rapid weight gain or weight loss are the real culprit. There is proof of this concept from lab experiments where stretch marks were created on the skin not by stretching it, but by introducing hormones, like steroids, to the skin.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, and their unfortunate name, stretch marks are not caused solely by skin stretching. Instead, stretch marks tend to form in the skin during periods of hormonal flux, with weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and other periods of hormone change.
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