Stretch marks are a particular type of scarring which, if left untreated, will usually fade but not disappear entirely, leaving characteristic differently coloured striae. These marks are formed by the repeated tearing of a layer of a skin known as the dermis, which is most often a consequence of rapid changes in weight which can stretch and stress the skin. This is why stretch marks are most often associated with pregnancy, causing distinctive scars around the abdomen and other areas.
Stretch marks are by no means limited to pregnancy, and are often associated with the physical changes that occur during puberty, or the rapid acquisition of muscle achieved during body building. All of these share the fact that they involve rapid physical changes which cause the skin to stretch and tear as a result.
Stretch marks can be a nuisance as they are distinctly visible as pale stripes or lines lying on your skin. Without the appropriate skincare, these marks will usually persist permanently, and can affect how you feel about your appearance depending on where they are. The stretch marks that form after pregnancy can affect the thighs and abdomen, making it difficult to get back into your swimsuit if they are particularly visible. Adolescents who develop stretch marks can also find that they persist in awkward places, many girls for example, may find stretch marks on their breasts.
Treatment for Stretch Marks
Fortunately stretch marks can be addressed at Simply Smooth, where routine treatments can quickly effectively combat stretch marks and restore your skin. Microdermabrasion, offered with or without laser treatment, can help restore your skin to its pristine former state by stripping away the unhealthy surface layers of debris and dead skin.