What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are also known as striae or tiny tears that
occur when your skin is overstretched.
As a result, the normal production of collagen (the
major protein that makes up the connective tissue in
your skin) is disrupted and scarred.
At first stretch marks may show up as reddish or
purplish lines that might appear indented and have a
different texture from the surrounding skin.
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They become glossy and appear streaked in silver or
white, and can often turn lighter and almost disappear
Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the elastic middle
layer of skin that allows it to retain its shape.
Stretch marks tend to show up on the breasts, thighs,
hips, butt, abdominal area, upper arms, or lower back.
Types Of Treatment
The degree of success with any treatment will be
impacted by your age, your skin tone, and even your
There are several treatment options for stretch marks.
Also over the counter stretch mark treatments are
available like lotions and creams.
Laser Removal- During a laser stretch mark removal
procedure, a beam of light removes thin layers of skin
around the stretch marks.
Surgical Removal- Surgical techniques involve
removing areas of stretched skin.
Chemical Peels- The chemicals essentially peel off the
top layers of damaged, dead skin and activate new skin
Microdermabrasion- Uses a fine crystal spray to “blast”
the outermost layers of skin.
Some Examples of Stretch Marks
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Some Over the Counter Creams &
These tiny tears stretching the skin appear during
puberty, after a rapid weight gain, or during pregnancy.
The stretching of the skin is similar to elastic losing its
Severe stretch marks can be caused by some
medications including steroids such as cortisone.
Over time the lack of pigment producing melanocyte
cells results in the white or hypo pigmented scars.
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