Stretch marks appear as linear discoloured marks on the skin, similar to scarring. Stretch marks are mostly found around the hips, breasts, stomach, buttocks and thighs and are cause by the over-stretching of the skin causing the skin to tear, allowing deeper layers of skin to show through. Stretch marks may slowly diminish naturally overtime but they will not completely be reduced without laser treatment. Lasers can resurface the skin, eliminating the appearance of the stretch marks to restore an even skin tone.
The symptoms of stretch marks can effect the thighs, stomach, buttocks and breasts. Stretch marks appear as indented streaks and lines on the skin, they initially appear darker than your skin’s normal colour, red, purple, pink or blue and their colour will fade in time. They may have some texture and can effect self-esteem.
Stretch marks are prevented with careful weight management to avoid excess stretching and tearing of the skin. A diet high in nutrients and adequate hydration will also help reduce the development of stretch marks. When stretch marks cannot be helped, it is best to have them treated as soon as possible for the best results.