Stretch marks, or striae, result from damage to elastic fibers in the skin, often due to hormonal changes such as pregnancy, birth control pill use, taking oral steroids, or aggressive use of topical steroid creams in a given area. Most people attribute stretch marks to physical factors such as weight gain, increasing muscle mass from weight lifting, or physical activity that causes the elastic fibers in the skin to stretch and break; however, it is more often the hormonal changes that accompany weight gain or changes in body architecture that lead to the stretch marks.
Restoring elastic fibers to skin once they are damaged or lost is a very difficult thing to do. Agents that repair sun-damaged skin offer some help to improving the appearance of stretch marks.
Dr. Curcio specializes in Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. With her extensive experience, she can personalize a treatment regimen to help you attain the best possible cosmetic result.