Stretch marks are a common concern for many men and women of all ages and skin types. Stretch marks are characterised by ‘tiger stripes’ (technically known as striae) across the surface of the skin. Usually, they are red when they first appear and fade to white over time. They are most common across the tummy, hips, breasts and thighs and are caused by rapid growth and stretching of the skin.
You may have started to see them appear in your teens, after a big growth spurt, as a result of weight gain, or during pregnancy. Men can also experience stretch marks following muscle growth in the biceps or chest.
If the skin is forced to grow too quickly, fibres underneath the surface can tear, allowing your blood vessels to be seen through the upper layers of your skin. Over time, these blood vessels contract and become less red, but the tear itself leaves a scar-like white line underneath your skin.
EF MEDISPA is offering a huge variety of treatments from microneedling to laser resurfacing treatments to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.*
You can’t control your own growth spurts, but there are a few things you could do to lessen the effects of stretch marks that develop for other reasons. Weight gain is a significant attributor to stretch marks. Eating well and exercising often can prevent any rapid weight gain from occurring. If you’re trying to put on muscle mass as part of a gym routine, try to make your gains gentle and even, allowing your skin the time it needs to adapt. Whilst pregnant, try to maintain weight gain at a fairly steady gradual rate.
Depending on the type of stretchmark, the condition of your skin as well as other factors such as age and lifestyle EF MEDISPA will device a bespoke treatment plan to gradually fade out these frustrating lines on your body.