Stretch marks, scientifically known as striae, are distinctive streaks or lines that appear on the surface of the skin.
They often have a different texture and colour than the surrounding skin. In their early stages they may appear reddish or purple in tone, but with time, they tend to fade to a lighter, silvery-white colour. Stretch marks typically occur in areas where the skin has been subjected to rapid stretching, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, breasts, and upper arms.
It is this rapid and significant stretching of the skin, which leads to their development as this subsequently leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibres. This can happen during periods of rapid growth (such as adolescence or pregnancy), rapid weight gain or weight loss, or due to hormonal changes. Conditions like Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome, and prolonged use of corticosteroids can also increase the likelihood of developing stretch marks.
The appearance of stretch marks can impact an individual’s body image and self-confidence. They are often seen as an aesthetic concern, especially when they are noticeable or in prominent areas of the body. Some people may feel self-conscious about wearing certain types of clothing or swimwear that expose the affected areas.
It’s important to note that while stretch marks are permanent, their appearance can be improved. At Bank Medispa ONDA Body Contouring and Morphues8 are safe and effective options that can be used to help improve the overall look and feel of the skin. These treatments target various depths of the skin to replenish the underlying structure. However, whilst a significant improvement of the skin’s appearance can be achieved, patients must understand that complete removal of stretch marks is not always possible. Embracing one’s body, including its natural features like stretch marks, is an important aspect of self-acceptance and body positivity.