Loftus Plastic Surgery Center
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StriaOn this page, Dr. Loftus explains stretch marks and debunks the myths surrounding their treatment.
During periods of rapid weight gain, skin stretches to accommodate increased body volume. Because skin is elastic, it will tolerate significant stretching over a short period of time, such as during pregnancy. At some point, however, skin elasticity reaches a limit, and the deepest layer will tear instead of stretching further. When the deepest layer of skin tears, the overlying skin remains intact but appears thin and streaky. These streaks are called stretch marks (also known as stria). Once stretch marks occur, they are permanent.
Beware of Laser Removal of Stretch Markslthough some physicians claim that lasers are effective in removing stretch marks, there is no evidence to support this. Most plastic surgeons think that lasers are ineffective in treating this problem.
Lasers are effective in removing, vaporizing, and breaking down tissues. They do not generally repair tissues. Stretch marks represent torn tissue. Hence, improvement should not be expected from laser treatment. Moreover, clinical studies have shown no improvement in stretch marks after laser treatment.
Surgical Removal of Stretch MarksAbdominal stretch marks occur primarily below the belly button, but may occur above it in some women. The only way to remove stretch marks is with a tummy tuck. During a tummy tuck much of the skin below the belly button is removed, therefore stretch marks in this area are also removed. There is no other proven treatment for stretch marks.
About Dr. Loftus
Dr. Loftus is a female plastic surgeon who is considered a national authority on plastic surgery, having appeared on numerous talk shows as an expert. Her book has become a best-selling book on plastic surgery and has earned her the reputation as a vocal advocate of patient safety, satisfaction, and education in plastic surgery. No wonder her patients have such great things to say about her…
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Cincinnati: The Christ Hospital2139 Auburn Avenue, Suite 201
Cincinnati, OH 45219
5 minutes from downtown Cincinnati,
At the Christ Medical Office Building
Northern Kentucky1881 Dixie Highway, Suite 300
Fort Wright, KY 41011
3 minutes from downtown Cincinnati &
visible from I-71/75
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