stretch marks

Treatment information and recommendations

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks, also known as striae distensae or striae gravidarum (in pregnancy), are a common skin condition characterized by streaks, stripes, or lines that develop on the skin’s surface. They often appear as slightly raised, indented, or discolored bands and can vary in color from pink, red, purple, or dark brown, depending on the individual’s skin tone and the stage of development.

Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched or rapidly expanded beyond its natural elasticity and resilience, causing the underlying connective tissues (such as collagen and elastin fibers) to become damaged or disrupted

Stretch marks typically start out as pink, red, or purple streaks on the skin’s surface, known as striae rubrae, indicating recent or active stretching of the skin. Over time, they may fade to a lighter color, such as silver, white, or light brown, and become less noticeable, known as striae albae.

While stretch marks are not harmful and do not pose any health risks, they can be a source of cosmetic concern for some individuals and may impact self-esteem and body image

How can stretch marks be effectively treated?


Microdermabrasion involves exfoliating the skin’s outer layer using a handheld device to promote cell turnover and stimulate collagen production, leading to smoother, more even-toned skin and potentially reducing the appearance of stretch marks.


Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, uses a device with fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing response and collagen production, which may help improve the appearance of stretch marks.

Injectable Treatments

Injectable fillers or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections may be used to fill in depressed or indented stretch marks, improving their texture and reducing their visibility.

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