Definition of Stretch Marks

stretch marksIrregular, discolored streaks or lines in the skin. Stretch marks represent, as the name suggests, changes in the tissue structure and appearance that result from the skin stretching and separating from the underlying supportive tissues.

Such stretching most commonly occurs with pregnancy, breast augmentation surgery, and weight gain and loss, and affects the abdomen, upper arms, thighs, and breasts.

Early stretch marks appear pink; mature are generally pale. In addition to the altered pigmentation, stretch marks may have a different texture than the surrounding skin. Lines are cosmetic and do not affect health or reflect health conditions.

Cosmetic treatments to minimize the appearance of lines marks include laser therapy and topical products such as glycolic lotions and tretinoin cream.


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