Removing the foreskin through circumcision is the only certain cure for phimosis. However, there are less radical treatments that have been very successful at eliminating the condition. Careful, gradual stretching of the foreskin is the most basic treatment. However, it may take several weeks or months to fully loosen the skin. Stretching is often used in combination with a steroid ointment, such as betamethasone, that is applied to the foreskin two or three times a day. The steroid increases the natural growth of the skin, although it still might take up to three months to loosen completely. A surgical option that doesn't remove the foreskin is preputioplasty. It is a plastic surgery procedure that makes an incision in the foreskin to increase the opening. A more extreme version of preputioplasty that includes a larger incision is referred to as a dorsal slit procedure.
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Is there a cure for phimosis?
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Are there any ways to get rid of stretch marks?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredI'm sorry to say that it doesn't appear that any topical treatments can eliminate stretch marks. A lot of damage takes place when the dermis tears and irritation ensues. There is some evidence, however, that daily massage may help prevent marks in the first place, so ask your mate to give regular rubs to the most common places where stretch marks appear—your abdomen, thighs, and breasts (we're guessing he won't mind a bit). Using cocoa butter or vitamin E as the massage cream has been reported anecdotally to help, but the research is limited.
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How can I prevent stretch marks?
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Many women have stretch marks after they deliver. Watch as Dr. Oz discusses options to treat stretch marks in this video.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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