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Do topical creams get rid of stretch marks?

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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