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What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are scars, appearing when the skin has stretched beyond its capacity, breaking apart the structure. Stretch marks develop on the abdomen, hips, thighs, breasts, buttocks, upper arms, and lower back, and affect women more than men. Stretch marks often develop during pregnancy, puberty, or due to weight gain.

Am I a good candidate for stretch mark treatment?

If you are troubled by the look of stretch marks on any area of your body, you may be a good candidate for stretch mark removal in NYC. Many women who developed stretch marks on the abdomen, breasts and body areas after a pregnancy choose to undergo a custom stretch mark treatment. You may also be a candidate if you have gained and lost a significant amount of weight and developed unsightly stretch marks.

Stretch Mark Removal in NYC

What can I expect with treatment for stretch marks?

After a consultation and evaluation, Dr. Ostad will recommend a stretch mark treatment plan for you. Treatment options may include any of the following:

  • Laser stretch mark removal: in this procedure, stretch marks are removed using laser skin resurfacing. It works by removing the outer skin layer with concentrated beams of light to help restructure the overlying skin. Two types of lasers may be used for skin resurfacing—ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers treat stretch marks by destroying the upper layer of skin, resulting in newly regenerated tissues that are smoother in texture and appearance. Non-ablative lasers target the deeper skin layers to promote new collagen growth.
  • Microneedling: This treatment uses tiny needles to penetrate the surface layer of the skin, stimulating collagen production and repairing damaged skin. The needles are so small that they are painless. Microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a treatment in which growth factors from the patient's own blood is used to stimulate collagen, improving skin laxity, texture, and scarring.
  • Microdermabrasion: this noninvasive treatment uses a handheld device to spray crystals onto the surface of the skin. This gently reduces the fine top layer, promoting new skin growth.
  • Retinoid cream: Retin-A and other prescription-only retinoid creams may improve the appearance of stretch marks that are less than a few months old.

What are the benefits of stretch mark treatment in NYC?

The benefits of our NYC stretch mark removal treatment are clear:

  • Comfortable treatment sessions
  • Minimal side effects
  • Smoother skin without surgery
  • No downtime
  • Improved skin appearance
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What is the recovery like after stretch mark treatment?

With microneedling, more sensitive patients may experience redness and minor swelling. Laser stretch mark removal is generally well tolerated. There is no anesthesia required and no downtime in most cases. Your skin may be tender and red after your treatment, and you may experience minor swelling. Microdermabrasion has no downtime, and you can expect to see results the same day. Your skin may appear flushed after treatment, but this should fade over the course of the day.

How do stretch marks form?

The skin has three layers—the epidermis (outer layer), dermis (middle layer), and the hypodermis (deeper layer made of fat and connective tissue). Stretch marks are scars that form in the dermis when the connective tissue is stretched beyond its elasticity limits. This is typically the result of rapid expansion or contraction of the skin.

How many stretch mark removal treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed for optimal results varies from person to person. With microneedling, we recommend 3-5 treatments for optimal results. In some cases, only one ablative laser treatment is required. With non-ablative laser treatments or microdermabrasion, you may need a series of treatment sessions. At Ariel Ostad MD PC in NYC, Dr. Ostad can individually tailor a stretch mark treatment plan for you.

Why choose Dr. Ostad for stretch mark treatment in NYC?

Dr. Ariel Ostad is a compassionate doctor who has an empathetic approach to treatment, and is well known in NYC and beyond for his artistry and skill.

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Caring about our patients and our community: An update on the coronavirus outbreak

Hello Everyone,

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. Our practice is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State and city health officials as we schedule patients.

Our Practice is open for essential procedures, however we encourage you to continue using our Telehealth feature.

There are steps our practice is taking, and those we ask our patients to take, to ensure the safety of all. We have further increased cleaning practices across the office and our ambulatory surgical facility. We ask if you feel you have any respiratory symptoms with cough or fever you seek care from your primary physician. We have zero reports of any staff member or volunteer who has been in contact with someone with the virus. We consider our practice to be a safe and welcoming space for those who need our dermatological and cosmetic services in this difficult time.

We hope to continue to serve you and provide you with our services. We continue to be guided by our unwavering mission and long standing values to care for our patients.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call our office to speak with one of our office staff or nurses or email us at [email protected]

Please use this time to stay home, help stop the spread of Coronavirus, and tend to your health and your loved ones.

We will come out of this stronger and more resilient than before.

With thanks for your cooperation,

- Dr. Ariel Ostad

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