What treatments are available for stretch marks?

Q:

I was surprised there were not any questions about this but I'd like to ask the experts. I have stretch marks on my thighs (inner), on my outer thighs, a few on both hips, and a few on my calves. Some I've had since my sophomore years of high school and are still a purplish color. I'm African American and Russian. I have a lighter tan complexion. What should I do? I know about continuing to moisturize, using Retinol, and the common answers. Thank you so much.

A:

The treatment of stretch marks has historically been a bit dismal. Recent advancements with lasers have provided some success however multiple treatments are often required. With your background a test spot session will most likely be indicated. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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