What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks, also known as striae, are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. Over time they may diminish, but will not disappear completely. Stretch marks form during pregnancy, usually during the last trimester, and usually on the belly, but also commonly occurring on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back, and buttocks. Stretch marks are caused by tearing of the dermis. This is often from the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, and bodybuilding.
There is no evidence that creams used during pregnancy prevent stretch marks.
Striae, or "stretch marks", begin as reddish or purple lesions, which can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored; the most common places are the abdomen (especially near the navel), breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs (both inner and outer), hips, and buttocks. Over time, they tend to atrophy and lose pigmentation. The affected areas appear empty and are soft to the touch.
Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the resilient middle tissue layer that helps the skin retain its shape.
Am I A Candidate For Stretch Mark Removal?
Stretch mark removal at Bloom Medical Group can benefit both women and men, creating smoother, clearer skin by treating a variety of stretch marks caused by:
- Weight gain/loss
- Muscle gain
Ideal candidates are typically in good overall health and include most skin tones. During your consultation, Dr. Mohammedi or a member of his experienced team will examine your skin and review your medical history to ensure this treatment is right for you.
"Dr. Nasir Mohammedi was fantastic! I had the matrix procedure and microdermabrasion done. I have seen a dramatic improvement on my skin. I’m am going to continue with other treatments. He is very knowledgeable, explained the process and was very understanding with my concerns. The staff is friendly and always available to answers questions. I highly recommend him."- B.A. / Google / Sep 19, 2021
"Dr. Nasir Mohammedi was fantastic! I had the matrix procedure and microdermabrasion done. I have seen a dramatic improvement on my skin. I’m am going to continue with other treatments. He is very knowledgeable, explained the process and was very understanding with my concerns. The staff is friendly and always available to answers questions. I highly recommend him."- B.A. / Google / Sep 06, 2021
"A great experience from the very beginning! Everyone in the office makes you feel welcome. Dr. Mohammedi takes the time to throughly answer any questions you may have!"- A.A. / Google / Jun 20, 2021
"Dr. Mohammedi and all the staff is amazing! Always so helpful and Dr. Mohammedi is the best always answers all my questions and is always available. I recommend all my family and friends to come and see him."- A.B. / Google / Mar 20, 2021
"Dr. Mohammedi is AMAZING! I have a deep fear of needles and was dreading the shots, my procedure was practically painless. Dr. M has the magic touch, he also has a wonderful personality! I highly recommend him."- A.Z. / Google / Mar 19, 2021
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,500 - $2,500
- Recovery Time
- No downtime
- How Long It Takes
- 1 hour
- Follow Up Time
- 2 weeks
Stretch Mark Removal FAQ
How much does stretch mark removal cost?
The overall price of stretch mark removal can vary from one patient to another based on their unique needs and goals. During your consultation, we can assess your situation before developing a custom treatment plan, at which point we will be able to offer an in-depth estimate of the cost.
Is stretch mark removal covered by medical insurance?
Unfortunately, due to the procedure's classification as an elective treatment, stretch mark removal is not covered by medical insurance. However, we can work with our patients in order to develop a treatment and financing plan that fits within their budgets.
Are the results of stretch mark removal permanent?
Provided the patient remains at the same weight, the results of this procedure are considered to be permanent. However, if the patient gains a significant amount of weight, it can dilute these results. For this reason, we usually don't recommend for women to undergo stretch mark removal until after they have finished growing their families.