Management of stretch marks (with a focus on striae rubrae)

J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2017 Jul-Sep;10(3):124-129. doi: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_118_17.


Stretch marks are one of the most common benign cutaneous lesions and encountered esthetic problems. Striae rubrae and striae albae can be differentiated on the basis of clinical appearance. Histologically, disturbances of the dermal fiber network and local expression of receptors for sexual steroids have been detected. The epidermal changes are secondary. Prevention of stretch marks using topical ointments and oils is debatable. Treatment of striae rubrae by lasers and light devices improves appearance. Microneedling and non-ablative and fractionated lasers have been used. This review provides an overview on current treatment options with a special focus on laser treatments.

Keywords: Lasers; stretch marks; striae albae; striae rubrae; therapy.

Publication types

  • Review