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Stretch Marks

When stretch marks first appear, they are dark in color and very noticeable. While stretch marks will often improve in appearance over time, some will never disappear completely.

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While stretch marks are harmless, Morpheus 8 combines microneedling and radiofrequency energy, allowing Dr. Hellman to significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks for smooth-looking skin. At Hellman Dermatology in NYC, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Judith Hellman offers her patients the opportunity to reduce the appearance of their stretch marks without pain or downtime, using the cutting-edge technology of Morpheus 8™.

How stretch marks form?

Stretch marks form when the dermis, the middle layer of the skin, is stretched so quickly that elasticity breaks down and microscopic bleeding occurs, causing the reddish-purple color associated with stretch marks. As the dermis begins to heal, scar tissue forms. Eventually, stretch marks fade to a silvery-white color that is usually a few shades lighter than the surrounding skin.

What individuals are most likely to develop stretch marks?

Anyone can develop stretch marks, but the tendency to develop them appears to be hereditary. While at least 75% of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy, some women won’t get any. If your mother had stretch marks, it is likely that you will develop them as well. In addition, anyone who gains weight or loses weight rapidly will be susceptible to the formation of stretch marks.

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Stretch Marks: Before & After Treatment Photos - Female patient, frontal view, patient 1

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How can I remove stretch marks?

Dr. Hellman performs all stretch mark treatments herself with Morpheus 8 at her Midtown NYC office. This latest technology, which Khloe Kardashian is said to have used on her buttocks and thighs, is an excellent option for patients who want to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. Morpheus 8 is particularly effective on more recently formed stretch marks that are reddish-purple in color, but it can also be used to treat older stretch marks. Using radiofrequency waves, the skin is heated while keeping temperature controls to prevent discomfort.

How effective is the Morpheus 8 treatment?

In Dr. Hellman’s experience, this laser is a very effective treatment for stretch marks for most of her patients. Clinical results from studies show that most patients benefit from improved skin texture and you may even observe tighter skin, which is one of the device’s features.

Will it help your stretch marks?

Dr. Hellman needs to examine your stretch marks and see if Morpheus 8 is right for you. Please call our office (212) 751-0577 to set a date for a consultation with Dr. Hellman at her NYC private practice.

Written by Dr. Hellman on 2/5/2020

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Dr. Judith Hellman is a board-certified dermatologist and an associate professor at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Her passion for people shines through when consulting on a diverse range of medical skin conditions and how these may affect health, aesthetics, and self-esteem. Dr. Hellman has lectured globally and has authored many journal articles. Her fluency in English, Hungarian, and Hebrew helps enhance multilingual communication for many dermatology patients in NYC.

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