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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 380-395

Striae distensae treatment review and update

1 Department Of Dermatology, ESIC PGIMSR, Model Hospital, Basaidarapur, New Delhi, India
2 Venkat Charmalaya Centre for Advanced Dermatology and Postgraduate Training, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Venkataram Mysore
Venkat Charmalaya Centre for Advanced Dermatology and Postgraduate Training, 3437, 1 G Cross, 7 Main Subbanna Garden, Vijay Nagar, Bangalore - 560 040, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_336_18

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Striae distansae (SD) or stretch marks are very common, asymptomatic, skin condition frequently seen among females between 5 to 50 years of ages. It often causes cosmetic morbidity and psychological distress, particularly in women and in certain professions where physical appearances have significant importance. Of late, with the increasing emphasis on cosmetic management and awareness, patients approach dermatologists for stretch marks treatment. However, despite several advances, no fully effective treatment has emerged. Unfortunately, there is paucity of the strong evidence in the literature for the effective treatment of striae. A literature search using the terms 'striae distansae (SD or stretch marks' was carried out in the PubMed, Google Scholar and Medline databases. Only articles related to the treatment were considered and analysed for their data. Commonly cited treatments include topical treatments like tretinoin, glycolic acid, ascorbic acid and various lasers including (like) carbon dioxide, Er:YAG, diode, Q-switched Nd:YAG, pulse dye and excimer laser. Other devices like radiofrequency, phototherapy and therapies like platelet rich plasma, chemical peeling, microdermabrasion, needling, carboxytherapy and galvanopuncture have also been used with variable success. This article reviews all currently accepted modalities and their effectiveness in the treatment of stretch marks.

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