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Stretch Marks: Are They Hereditary? - Dr. Van Dyke

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Dr. Van Dyke explains if stretch marks, also known as stria, are hereditary and shares when a woman can undergo laser stretch mark removal.

Dr. Van Dyke:
So are stretch marks hereditary? Well there is certainly a genetic component. However, my mother had significant stretch marks after four children, myself after four children – very minimal. I have two girls in my office, both got pregnant at the same time. One gained a lot of weight with pregnancy; one stayed really skinny. The skinny one had the stretch marks. So there’s a lot we don’t understand.

The question of when to treat stretch marks is very important. The early or young stretch marks tend to be pink, so that’s usually in the first six months to a year after they occur, and then they turn pale and white. We have found that if you treat them early when they are pink, in the first six months to a year, you actually will get a little bit better result. However, no matter how old they are, and we have treated stretch marks that are 20 years old, do seem to respond to laser treatment such as Fraxel.

About Dr. Susan Van Dyke, M.D.:
After completing 2 years of formal training in Internal Medicine, Dr. Van Dyke found what was to be the start of her dream job. She spent the next 3 years training intensely at Ohio State University and the University of Arizona Medical Centers. Her focus: Dermatology, particularly the cosmetic aspects. Founded in 1985, she formed her practice to deliver the best of Dermatology. In 1995, Van Dyke Laser & Skin became one of the first exclusively Cosmetic Dermatology practices in the world.

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