Also known as striae, stretch marks are scars formed when our skin stretches, tears or shrinks quickly. The rapid stretching due to pregnancy, weight gain, extreme weight loss, adolescent growth spurts and even bodybuilding weakens the underlying elastic tissue and disrupts the normal growth, causing the skin to “crack” and underlying blood vessels to show through. The marks can be as short as a few centimetres to several inches. Stretch marks are commonly found over the tummy area, but they can also appear almost anywhere else on the body including over the thighs, hips, breasts, arms, and buttock area.
The types of stretch marks
The appearance of stretch marks varies. They differ according on your skin type, where they are located on your body, how long you’ve had them, and what caused them. Typical variants consist of:
- Indented lines or streaks on the buttocks, hips, breasts, abdomen, or other parts of the body
- Streaks of pink, red, discoloured, black, blue, or purple
- Vivid lines that eventually lighten in hue
- Striations encompassing significant body portions
If you are distressed by your stretch mark problem, maybe it’s time to take an effective approach to treat it! Our clinic offers different methods of treatment alone or in combination depending on the stretch marks’ age and severity. In general, the sooner the stretch marks are treated after they occur the better the final results.