Stretch marks can have a negative impact on your overall appearance and cause you to feel self-conscious about how you look. These parallel lines can form on many areas of the body. If you have them on your body, you’ve probably noticed that they don’t have the same color and texture as your normal skin.
Some of these marks are bright pink or purple, and they can also develop as a grayish color. When you touch them with your fingers, you’ll notice that they have a slight indentation or ridge. It’s not uncommon for these marks to feel sore or itchy.
One of the major causes of stretch marks is weight gain. If you gain weight very quickly, there is a good chance that you’ll end up with them. Since one of the major causes is rapid weight gain, they can form anywhere on your body where fat is stored. The severity of the marks depends on a variety of factors.
Natural Growth and Growth Spurts
Many adolescents develop these marks because of natural growth. Stretch marks are known to form around the lower back, upper arms, breasts, hips, thighs and stomach. Initially, they usually look red or purple, and over time, the color fades.
Another common cause of stretch marks is growth spurts. Many teenagers aren’t overweight and haven’t gained weight too quickly, and they still end up with stretch marks. Rapid growth spurts can cause striae to form, and they’re most likely to develop during puberty. When your body grows or expands faster than your skin elasticity can handle, you’ll end up with this condition.
If you’ve started a weightlifting program and developed stretch marks, then you’re not alone. Weightlifting can lead to rapid muscle gain, and since new muscle causes your skin to expand, it can leave you with some striae. Most athletes and weightlifters are in great shape, but they’re not exempt from developing these marks.
A well-known cause of stretch marks is pregnancy, and it’s a problem that all women try to avoid. When you’re harboring a baby inside of your stomach, your skin will begin to expand. The length of time needed to grow a baby might seem long enough to give your skin ample time to expand, but unfortunately, for many women, it’s not. Women who have several pregnancies can end up with several sets of striae.
Another common cause of stretch marks is hormones. Since there are several different factors that contribute to hormone changes within the body, it’s difficult to pinpoint a single cause. When a hormonal imbalance occurs, it can cause elastin and collagen fibers to tear, which can leave you with blemishes that look like stretch marks.
Treating Your Stretch Marks
At the Georgia Center for Female Health in Peachtree Corners, we offer micro-needling as a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of these marks. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about this minimally-invasive treatment.