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All you need to know about stretch marks

Stretch marks can occur all over the body — abdomen, back, chest, buttocks, thighs and arms. It mostly occurs in women after pregnancy as 60%-70% women experience it. Although, it stretch marks are commonly seen in men and women due to weight gain after puberty or due to hormonal conditions. They can be visibly seen in the patients, who are on steroids, as the elasticity of the skin decreases when on these treatments.

Occurrence: Although,the skin is usually fairly elastic, when it’s overstretched, the normal production of collagen (the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin) is disrupted. Before stretch marks appear, the affected skin will become thin, flattened and pink, and may feel itchy. The stretch marks themselves appear as red or purple streaks or lines, but can be pink, reddish-brown or dark brown, depending on your skin colour.

They can occur in patches of parallel lines on your body and often appear “scar-like”. To start with, the lines will be slightly raised and may feel wrinkly, before eventually flattening out. As the lines become flatter, they’ll start to fade and change to a white or silvery colour.
They’ll usually become less noticeable over time, although this process can sometimes take years. There are multiple treatments for it but the stretch marks cannot disappear completely.

In the early stages, tretinoin based creams, gels and lotions help along with the laser treatment. The post pregnancy stretch marks below the navel can be surgically removed by the tummy tuck procedure which results in the complete removal of the skin below the navel along with the fat. Adopt a healthy lifestyle – keep your weight in check and exercise.

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