When treating stretch marks, the sooner you start, the better.
One study of Retin-A found it reduced the length of stretch marks by 14% and the width by 8%. In another study, it decreased length by 20%. However, if your stretch marks are from pregnancy and you’re still nursing, Retin-A should not be used due to its ability to pass through breast milk.
Once stretch marks have faded over time, treatments become more limited. Fractional resurfacing, however, is showing great promise for improving texture, color, diameter and depth. The treatment works by stimulating regeneration of the collagen and elastin deep within the skin while leaving the surface in tact, so you get softer, smoother skin with minimal or no downtime.
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