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What are stretch marks?
The medicinal name for stretch marks is Striae distensae and is a common skin condition. Stretch marks are rare signs of severe medical problem and are mostly painless. These are developed during sudden obesity or pregnancy. Stretch marks appear as linear marks on over-stretched skin. They are mostly present near the armpit, chest, groin, thighs, and abdomen.
There is lot of controversy over the exact mechanism of stretch mark occurrence. They occur because the elastic fibers of dermis are damaged, accompanied by inflammation and eventually stretch marks. These changes occur when there are excessive physical changes in skin. Many clinical situations lead to occurrence of stretch marks. These include rapid increase in body mass, more use of topical or systemic steroids, Cushing’s syndrome, large breast implants, Ehler’s Danlos syndrome, and much more. Stretch marks are a normal part of puberty for almost all girls and boys. When a person grows suddenly, they leave behind ugly stretch marks on the body. To reduce stretch marks, you can consult a private dermatologist in London, who will give you a personalized treatment.
Stretch marks occur when the skin is pulled due to rapid growing or stretching. Although the skin is usually reasonably elastic, once it is overstretched, the normal production of collagen is hampered. As a result, stretch marks may form.
Most girls and women have stretch marks on breasts, butt, hips, and thighs. Therefore, if you have one, there is no need to worry. Many women get them during pregnancy. Not only girls, but even boys get stretch marks. People who are overweight frequently have stretch marks. Bodybuilders get stretch marks because of the quick body changes that bodybuilding could make. Stretch marks can also occur if a person uses steroid-containing skin creams or ointments.
Stretch marks may show up as reddish or purplish lines that may appear concave and have a different surface from the surrounding skin. However, they may disappear after some time, depending on their severity.
During puberty, our body often develops very rapidly and grows fast. During puberty, boys may get stretch marks on their shoulders and back while girls may get them on their hips, breasts and thighs. Family history can also be a major reason for getting stretch marks. If you have a close relative with stretch marks, like your mother, you are more prone to develop them yourself. Although stretch marks are seen in both boys and girls, they are more common in girls and women.
There are many methods to reduce stretch marks like laser treatment and phototherapy. These methods target problem areas with laser resurfacing techniques or UV light over several treatment sessions. Dermabrasion is another tool of the dermatologist, in which the top skin layers are worn out.
Many creams or lotions can be used for topical application. The dermatologists could prescribe any over the counter medicines. Other medicines like retinoid will need a prescription to purchase from stores. Thus, there are many treatments available now to reduce stretch marks.
Daniel, the author of this post is a private dermatologist in London. Apart from his profession, he likes to provide tips and techniques through his posts. Here he gives information about stretch marks and how to reduce them.
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