Stretch marks are a common problem that affects millions of people in the United States and around the world. These indented streaks on the skin can occur nearly anywhere on the body, but they are usually found on the areas with a lot of fat. The stomach, thighs, butt, hips and breasts are the most common locations where stretch marks develop. These lines are also likely to be a different color than the rest of your skin, which makes them even more noticeable.
Just like the name suggests, stretch marks are caused when the skin gets stretched too far. There are a variety of reasons why the skin can get stretched, but the most common are obesity, rapid weight gain and pregnancy. The condition can also be caused by genetics, so it is possible to get stretch marks even if you maintain a healthy weight. The elastin fibers in the skin help it stretch when under stress. If the body produces too much cortisone, then these elastin fibers will not be able to properly do their job. This can potentially create stretch marks without seeing a major transformation of your body.
It is very easy to know if you are dealing with stretch marks, so there is no need for any diagnostic tests. The indented skin streaks will likely be purple, pink, blue or red. The color of your marks will ultimately be determined by your overall skin tone. One good thing about stretch marks is that they gradually become less noticeable over time if the skin does not continue to stretch. Since it is impossible to know how long it will take for the marks to blend in with the skin, some people choose to undergo treatments to help hide them.
Undergoing treatment for stretch marks is a completely optional process because they pose absolutely no threat to your health. Professional treatments can be done to help improve the appearance of the skin. When you visit us at Georgia Center for Female Health, you can learn about all of your treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Peachtree Corners!