It’s another one of those things that we don’t talk about in polite company – stretch marks. No matter how much we want to embrace them, there they sit. Staring at us in silent accusation of what we did to deserve them. For some of us they’re more of a fact of life than they are for others, but really anybody can develop stretch marks at any point in their lives. And here’s what you need to know about them.

Stretch marks occur when your skin becomes stretched beyond its natural capacity to snap back like a rubber band. This can happen from a growth spurt, weight or muscle gain, or pregnancy, and they can develop just about anywhere on the body. While it’s impossible to prevent stretch marks, you can minimize their appearance if and when they do develop.

The only way to eliminate stretch marks is to surgically remove, such as the process involved in a tummy tuck. If that’s not something that’s right for you, there are a number of ways to minimize how noticeable they are. First of all, some types of stretch marks will naturally fade over time. You can also help them along with treatments that stimulate the production of collagen such as microneedling, microdermabrasion and certain types of laser treatments. Topical retinoids may also be helpful because they too stimulate your skin to produce more collagen.

The best way to decide which treatment is best for you is to consult a trained medical professional. And the team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is the perfect place to start. With nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.