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Do topical creams get rid of stretch marks?

Susan Evans
Dermatology
While topical treatments can help reduce or fade stretch marks, they cannot get rid of them completely. Surgical procedures may be an effective method to treat stretch marks; they include dermabrasion, laser treatments, and fractional laser resurfacing. Surgical treatments such as these rely on the body’s natural healing process of generating new skin to heal over the removed scar tissue. Other surgical procedures, such as tummy tucks, can be performed to remove the damaged skin as well.

Since stretch marks are commonly seen on the abdomen, arms, back, breasts, buttocks, hips, and thighs, some people feel self-conscious about their visibility. Even though they pose no health risk, most people with stretch marks will invest in topical creams or surgical procedures to reduce or remove the scarred skin. If you have concerns about stretch marks it is best to consult with your dermatologist to decide on the right treatment for you.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Topical creams will not entirely remove stretch marks, but moisturizing regularly may improve the appearance of stretch marks over time, and using a sunless tanner can help conceal them. The only effective option for removing stretch marks, which are a kind of scar, is surgery, including dermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser surgery. These are considered cosmetic treatments, so your insurance is unlikely to cover them. 

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