A staggering 80 percent of women will experience stretch marks in their life, and they could be one of the least-pretty skin concerns of which we lament, but thankfully, their effects are strictly aesthetic. Stretch marks (striae) are caused by stretching of the skin and first appear as pink, red, or purple indented streaks on the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, hips, and thighs; they will eventually change to white or gray color and continue to fade over time.
Stretch marks are actually scarring of the skin. When there is extreme stretching of the skin, the two proteins that bind skin and keep it supple, collagen and elastin, dissipate, which results in a tearing of the skin’s dermis. They can happen to anyone, but women tend to be more prone. The primary factors include pregnancy, rapid weight gain, changing hormones, and using corticosteroid medication.
Unfortunately, stretch marks are a lot easier to get than they are to get rid of, and ridding of them completely just isn’t possible at this time. But the good news is that there are laser treatments that can successfully reduce redness, diminish the appearance of white marks, and improve the texture of the skin, making stretch marks a lot less noticeable. And the newer the stretch mark and the earlier you treat it, the better your end result.