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Dermatol Surg. 2009 Apr;35(4):563-73. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2009.01094.x.

Striae distensae (stretch marks) and different modalities of therapy: an update.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida 33140, USA. egydoc77@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Striae distensea (SD; stretch marks) are a well-recognized, common skin condition that rarely causes any significant medical problems but are often a significant source of distress to those affected. The origins of SD are poorly understood, and a number of treatment modalities are available for their treatment, yet none of them is consistently effective, and no single therapy is considered to be pivotal for this problem. With a high incidence and unsatisfactory treatments, stretch marks remain an important target of research for an optimum consensus of treatment.

OBJECTIVE:

To identify the current treatment modalities and their effectiveness in the treatment of stretch marks.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Review of the recent literature regarding clinical treatment of stretch marks with emphasis on the safety and efficacy of the newer optical devices and laser applications.

RESULTS:

No current therapeutic option offers complete treatment, although there are a number of emerging new modalities that are encouraging.

CONCLUSION:

The therapeutic strategies are numerous, and no single modality has been far more consistent than the rest. The long-term future of treatment strategies is encouraging with the advance in laser technologies.

PMID:
19400881
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