Stretch Marks

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What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are skin scars that form when the skin is stretched too quickly like in pregnancy and rapid fat or muscle gain. Stretch marks may be red, purple, or white in color. The key to treating stretch marks is to hydrate the skin and provide it with the nutrients it needs to progress through the healing stages.

Stretch marks appear first as pink lines perpendicular to the direction of skin stretch. They then progress into a more reddish purple color and finally turn white. White stretch marks are not only lighter than the surrounding skin but have a different texture, making them stand out. The site of the stretch marks may be prone to itching as it goes through the stages.  Stretch marks are common on the breasts, thighs, buttocks, outer thighs, hips, belly and back.

Causes of Stretch Marks

  • Excessive sudden growth and/or weight gain, including muscle mass
  • Hormonal changes, as in during pregnancy
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Biological factors such as the quality and quantity of collagen production
  • Stretch Marks and Pregnancy

    Stretch marks are common during pregnancy not only because of the rapidly growing baby, but also the weight gain that most pregnant women experience. Following these preventative measure will help reduce the severity of stretch marks during pregnancy:

  • Use moisturizer daily, especially on the belly, breasts and back
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Watch your weight gain
  • Learn more about stretch marks during pregnancy.

    Treatment for Stretch Marks

    Stretch marks are usually treated by hydrating them with nutrient rich creams and lotions in order to assist the skin’s natural healing process, especially when they are in the colored stages. Laser treatments and carboxytherapy can help reduce the appearance of white stretch marks.

    Learn more about different treatments for stretch marks.

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