Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks


Stretch marks are a common feature for many women and usually form as a result of the skin not going back to normal after it has been stretched. These unsightly marks can be found in numerous places on a woman’s (or man’s) body such as breasts, thighs, arms, abdomen and buttocks. Stretch marks can appear as purple, pink or even red in color which then start to fade resulting in silver or white streaks on the skin.

For many women, stretch marks are an embarrassment, especially on highly visible areas. There are a few things you can do to help that problem. It is important to know what causes stretch marks and the options available in getting rid of them.

Stretch marks can happen to anyone. From the ages of 15+ it shouldn’t be worrying if you get them. It’s not a sign of a problem or a bad life style choice. You don’t always need to do anything wrong at all. They can just occur naturally as we grow. The human body isn’t perfect. The fact is nearly all people will get stretch marks, in one form or another, during their life.


What are the Causes of Stretch Marks?

The causes of stretch marks vary depending on the individual. However the most common reasons are weight gain, excessive weight loss and pregnancy. So essentially anything which involves the stretching of the skin rapidly.



 It is important to treat stretch marks as soon as they are noticed to prevent them from becoming worse and damaging the skin permanently. This can be done through the use of skin creams that specifically remove stretch marks. Most of these creams help to decrease the visibility of the stretch marks but do not necessarily remove them from the skin. The most advanced therapy is laser therapy.

Laser therapy is considered an effective stretch mark removal option that should only be done after consultation with a qualified dermatologist. The doctor will be able to give advice on the best laser treatment depending on factors such as one’s age, skin condition and the area of the body that has the stretch marks. 

For older stretch marks, microdermabrasion is a good solution as it removes the top layer of the skin so that a new layer one can grow in its place.