What are stretch marks? Stretch marks, also known as “Striae” are a result of stretching of the skin. When the skin stretches beyond a certain limit it causes tearing of the dermis, resulting in what we call stretch marks. It may be white, red, or purple in color and may appear on the areas of breast, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, upper arms etc. These marks may fade over time but may not disappear completely.
It is common after pregnancy, although other factors such as weight changes, hormonal disbalance, and medication effects may also lead to the same. Deficiency of certain nutrients, genetic factors, natural growth in adolescent boys & girls or a sudden change in physical & environmental factors may also develop stretch marks. Moreover, diseases like Cushing's syndrome and adrenal gland may also lead to this condition.
Stretch marks may differ in appearance depending on the causes associated with the scarring and the skin type. Generally, the following signs may depict a stretch mark: -
Laser treatment is one of the most effective popular technique accepted by the majority of people to get rid of their stretch marks. The following are the laser therapies used:
Laser treatments are getting more acceptance than the conventional treatments which include radio-frequency therapies, chemical peels, topical creams & gels etc. However, laser treatments are found to be more effective due to the following reasons: -
Following a few habits and a good lifestyle can help you prevent the occurrence of stretch marks. Some remarkable tips are:
Stretch marks should not be ignored as it may turn chronic with time. Having a no-marks skin will boost your overall confidence and make you feel comfortable in your skin.