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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 72  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-60

Stria distensae: Response by authors

Department of Dermatology and STD, Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Tamaka, Kolar, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Gurcharan Singh
108 A, Jal Vayu Vihar, Kammanahalli, Bangalore 560043, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.19724

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Singh G, Kumar LP. Stria distensae: Response by authors. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2006;72:59-60

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Singh G, Kumar LP. Stria distensae: Response by authors. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2006 [cited 2020 May 26];72:59-60. Available from: http://www.ijdvl.com/text.asp?2006/72/1/59/19724


We thank Dr. Tehrani for his interest and valuable comments in response to our article on "Striae distensae."[1]

We have the following observations to make on the current status of microdermabrasion in evidence-based dermatology.

Microdermabrasion devices have been classified as cosmetic rather than medical ones and are therefore not subjected to the rigors of the US FDA. Despite the claims and marketing hype, little evidence of efficacy has been provided by double-blinded, clinical trials.[2] No phase-III clinical trials of microdermabrasion devices have ever been conducted to establish their safety and efficacy as required for FDA approval.[3] There remains a major disparity between the popularity and cohesive and comprehensive scientific data documenting the efficacy of the procedure.[4] Moreover, a review article on microdermabrasion does not include striae among an exhaustive list of dermatological indications.[5]

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1.Singh G, Kumar LP. Striae distensae. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2005;71:370-2.   Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Lazarus M, Baumann L. Miscellaneous cosmetic products and procedures. In: Baumann L, editor. Cosmetic Dermatology. 1st ed. New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill; 2003. pp.120-213.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Spencer JM. Microdermabrasion. Am J Clin Dermatol 2005;6:89-92.  Back to cited text no. 3  [PUBMED]  
4.Grimes PE. Microdermabrasion. Dermatol Surg 2005;31:1160-5.  Back to cited text no. 4  [PUBMED]  
5.Gold MH. Dermabrasion in dermatology. Am J Clin Dermatol 2003;4:467-71.  Back to cited text no. 5  [PUBMED]  


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