Stretch marks are the general term referring to thin, narrow grooves, parallel or close together on the skin.
These lines typically occur after rapid weight gain or loss, weight lifting and during pregnancy.
Stretch marks are not painful, and pose no health risk.
Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, but commonly appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored, areas like the breasts, upper arms, underarms, thighs, hips and buttocks.
Are stretch marks a hormonal problem?
During pregnancy, a diet change, body building or puberty, your hormones change and that hormonal change sometimes influences your metabolism, the minute your metabolism become irregular you are in danger of getting stretch marks.
Some people who have stretch marks find them distressing. If you are concerned or distressed about your stretch marks, discuss possible treatment options with your GP, such as laser therapy or cosmetic surgery.
Can stretch marks be permanently removed?
- There are hundreds of over the counter products that are said to treat stretch marks. Stretch marks cannot be completely removed from a person’s body by any of these products the only thing they can do is improve them so they appear visibly lighter.
- Laser treatment is a surgical process that is carried out to remove stretch marks. This procedure is painful and expensive although it is the only treatment that can completely remove stretch marks.
- It is very important to exercise in order to get rid of stretch marks; toning your muscles helps your skin to firm thus preventing stretch marks.
- Make sure your diet consists of foods rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, they promote good tissue grow