Q. Can my stretch marks be cured?

Answered by
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 02, 2016 and last reviewed on: Mar 18, 2019

Hi doctor,

I am 21 years old. My main concern is, I have a lot of stretch marks on my body. I had them on my shoulder and thighs since I was 10 years old. Now, I have them even on my belly and biceps area. For the past three months, I have been working out. I do not feel it is because of working out. Please have a look at the pictures and let me know if they can be cured? What other alternatives do I have? Kindly suggest.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have checked the photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and noticed that you have a lot of old stretch marks on your shoulders and abdomen.

I would suggest you start topical application of Tretinoin cream 0.1% on the stretch marks daily at night. Use it for at least for a period of six weeks and check for any improvement.

In case you do not achieve the desired results, then you can go for laser treatment. In chronic cases, Nd: YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet) laser and fractional photothermolysis will be used.

The Probable causes:

1. Seen in adolescence and associated with rapid increase in size of particular region.
2. In weightlifters it is seen, when their muscle mass increases rapidly.

Probable diagnosis:

Striae atrophicans.

Thank you doctor,

I will go by your instructions. I would like to know some information about laser treatment, is it painful? 



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

The procedure is performed under topical anesthesia. Generally, it is a painless procedure. At times, there can be mild pain.

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