Are dermal fillers a good option for stretch marks?

I have stretch marks on my arms, my breasts, my stomach and my legs. I lost a bunch of weight 2 years ago through gastric bypass surgery and consistent exercise. I love everything about the way I look now, with the exception of these ugly stretch marks. Are dermal fillers a good way to treat them?


F, 38, Utah

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No, dermal fillers are not an effective treatment for stretch marks.

There are many skin treatments available for stretch marks, although none of them other than surgical removal offer a 100% effective, permanent solution.

For lower abdominal stretch marks, only a tummy tuck will completely remove the marks and replace them with a scar below the bikini line.

For many women, particularly with pregnancy stretch marks, plastic surgery is the best and most effective solution. However, in your case, since you have stretch marks on your arms, breasts, stomach and legs -- a tummy tuck is not the complete solution you're looking for.

While there are no effective non-surgical treatments for stretch marks currently available, there are multiple treatments that may help to reduce their visibility. These include Fraxel laser treatment and laser skin tightening. both which stimulate collagen production within the skin and help to improve skin texture and reduce redness.

Always remember to consult with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for best results.

Dermal fillers are not an effective solution for stretch marks and will simply create an elevated area of discolored skin. Given the multiple areas where you need stretch mark treatment the expense of using dermal fillers would also be cost prohibitive.

Stretch marks are actually a type of scar called a "striae" which form when the collagen fibers within the skin are stretched beyond their normal elastic range. They do fade over time, but never completely disappear. Striae form during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy, periods of weight gain or from muscle growth due to weight lifting. Stretch marks can also appear during periods of weight loss due to intensive dieting or after bypass surgery.

The skin cells that make up stretch marks do not share the same color or elasticity as the surrounding skin. Stretch marks can be particularly visible on women with darker skin tones where the stretching causes a greater degree of color change.

While there are no truly effective non-surgical solutions available for stretch marks, there are multiple treatments that may somewhat reduce their visibility. These include fractional CO2 laser resurfacing which stimulates collagen production.

If you are interested in discussing treatments which may help to reduce the visibility of your stretch marks, I encourage you to contact us for a free consultation.

Not a good idea.  Fillers may not help and the amount needed would be cost prohibitive.