Stretch Marks

Sadegh Salmassi, MD

Aesthetic Specialist located in Delano, CA

Stretch marks can compromise the appearance of your skin, no matter what your age. To achieve a more even, toned body, visit aesthetic specialist Sadegh Salmassi, MD in Delano, California. Dr. Sadegh Salmassi helps patients tighten and tone problem areas that have been compromised due to pregnancy, weight gain or loss, or genetics. To book a consultation, schedule by calling the office or using the one-click appointment system online.

Stretch Marks Q & A

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks, also called striae, are indented lines in the skin that often show up in areas of the body like the abdomen, thighs, breasts, or buttocks.

They're common in women who have had children or in people who have gained or lost a significant amount of weight. While stretch marks aren’t dangerous or painful in any way, they are a cosmetic concern for many people.


What causes stretch marks?

Any condition that causes the skin to stretch and expand, like pregnancy or weight gain, can lead to stretch marks. You may be more likely to develop stretch marks if you:

  • Have a personal family history of stretch marks
  • Are using corticosteroid medications
  • Have had breast enlargement surgery

If you have Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome, or other genetic disorders, your risk for developing stretch marks may also be also increased.


How are stretch marks treated?

Several effective treatment methods can help you eliminate or reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Dr. Salmassi uses the YAG laser, which helps to stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin in the areas of skin where you have stretch marks. This type of treatment helps to fade the appearance of stretch mark lines while tightening and rejuvenating the skin.

Other treatments for stretch marks may include retinoid creams or microdermabrasion procedures. The latter involves a hand-held device that uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the top layer of the skin and promote new growth.


What results can I expect from treatment for stretch marks?

It’s important to understand that stretch mark treatments can be effective, but they may not eliminate the appearance of stretch marks. You may also need multiple treatments or a combination of methods to achieve the best results.


How can I prevent stretch marks?

It’s not always possible to completely prevent stretch marks, but you can reduce the likelihood that you’ll get them by practicing good skin care habits during pregnancy and by maintaining a healthy weight.

To schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Salmassi about stretch marks, call the office today or book an appointment online.