What Are the Risk Factors for Stretch Marks? By Milan Lombardi MD on November 09, 2023

Throughout life, the body goes through a number of dramatic changes. When something big happens, like an injury or childbirth, the body physically transforms in order to adapt and survive to its new circumstances. For some people, this results in leftover blemishes and stretch marks on the skin. Anyone who has been dealing with these skin issues for a while is likely looking to get total stretch mark removal at their local Tampa office. But what are the risk factors for stretch marks?

What Are the Risk Factors for Stretch Marks?

But what if you are getting stretch marks and skin tears without having gone through something big? If you have not recently gained or lost weight, gone through pregnancy, or suffered physical trauma, you might be wondering how you could have these marks in the first place. What are the risk factors for stretch marks in these less-than-common cases? Our Synergy MD professionals will help you get to the bottom of this issue.

The Causes of Stretch Marks

Aside from obvious risk factors like pregnancy and weight gain, there are a few more causes of stretch marks that many patients are surprised to learn about when they visit their aesthetic specialist. There are many reasons why the skin might develop some marks and scars over the years, even if you have not been through anything too traumatic.

Some common and uncommon causes of stretch marks might include:

  • Genetics, birth defects, or other hereditary factors
  • Past damage to the skin
  • Rigorous exercise that causes the muscles to grow too quickly, tearing or stretching the skin in the process
  • Overly dry skin, damaged by years of wind and sun exposure
  • Unhealthy medications or drugs
If you are discovering stretch marks around your body and you want to learn more about where they came from, how to treat them, and how to prevent them from coming back, then you have come to the right place. It is a misconception that stretch marks only form on people who have gone through pregnancy or gained weight rapidly. No matter what size you are, you may get stretch marks at a certain point in your life.

How to Treat Stretch Marks

You can rely on our Synergy MD experts to help you reduce or even completely eliminate the stretch marks you are dealing with. After determining the cause of your stretch marks and eliminating your risk factors, we will give you a number of treatment options to help you restore your body back to its youthful glow.

Laser Treatment

The most common and traditional method of treating stretch marks, our laser-guided treatments use heat to target areas of the skin in need of retreatment. The laser stimulates collagen production, helping your skin heal itself using natural methods. This is a non-invasive treatment with absolutely no downtime required.


Similar to our laser treatments, microdermabrasion can quickly get rid of stretch marks by working just under the surface of the skin. Microdermabrasion is a good option for those with small or mild stretch marks, as the microdermabrasion technique helps to build up elastin.


Clients with multiple stretch marks, large stretch marks, or other types of skin-based trauma may need a more advanced treatment like microneedling. Though this procedure does not require surgery, it is a process that boosts collagen over many layers of skin. This is the best option for those looking to tighten their skin while covering up their stretch marks.

Do Stretch Mark Treatments Hurt?

All of our solutions are non-surgical, so you never have to worry about going through a long period of pain and recovery. You do not need to schedule any time off work, though it may be a good idea to arrange a ride home after your procedure. Some of our clients feel a bit sensitive and swollen after the treatment, and this mild pain can last for a couple of days.

As one of our most gentle treatments, laser and micro procedures have little to no negative side effects. For the most part, you will be able to resume your normal activities as soon as you leave our office.

Schedule a Customized Treatment Today

You can invest in professional stretch mark removal when you contact us at your local Synergy MD office. Our staff members have been trained in the special techniques of microdermabrasion and microneedling, both of which have proven track records of stretch mark treatment. You can get your body back into shape and enjoy the long-term benefits you deserve after one simple stretch mark treatment. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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SynergyMD in Tampa, FL, is led by two of the most talented and skilled physicians in the entire state—Joseph M. Brown and Milan Lombardi. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive treatments for all things cosmetic and dermatologic in one convenient location. Our affiliations include:

  • American Board of Dermatology (ABD)
  • American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)

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