Stretch marks (some also call them stretch marks or even stretch marks) are a well-known skin problem. Linear scars that affect a thin layer of your skin. Most people are inclined to think of them as a female affliction, but this simply is not true. It is just that they are not so noticeable on a man, because of body hair. However, some men do seem prone to stretch marks, and doctors believe this is connected to their bodies overproducing the hormone corticosteroid. This hormone decreases the collagen levels in the skin, making it less elastic and more susceptible to damage.
Stretch marks are the outcome of the skin is stretched rapidly. This is linked with obesity, puberty growth spurts, and pregnancy. In fact, seventy percent of pregnant women will get them. Weight lifters and bodybuilders can also be inflicted with them. What happens is that the skin stretches to a certain point, it becomes thinner, but can stretch no further, something has to give, and so it tears.
The first signs of stretch marks on your skin (also in pregnancy), look like reddish or purple lines, this is because the skin tears allow you to see the blood vessels below, and so this coloring. In time the blood vessels will contract, the marks fade and in due course, turn silver in color. The affected areas of your skin are then soft to touch and look empty.
Your skin has three layers; the top layer is called the epidermis, the middle layer the dermis, and then the subcutaneous stratum lies below this. Stretch marks affect the dermal layer in the middle. This is the layer responsible for keeping your skin in shape, so it is imperative when looking for a treatment, whether a lotion, cream, or whatever else you choose, that it will actually work on this layer. Otherwise, it will be totally ineffective.
You may have noticed that stretch marks usually develop in areas of your body where the most fat is stored. The most usual areas are the upper arms, breasts, stomach, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, underarms, and hips.
There are a wide variety of options for treating stretch marks, but if you are earnest about getting rid of them, it is wise to consult a surgeon or skincare dermatologist, who will advise you, how best to go forward. They will take into consideration your medical history, including any medications you have been prescribed, such as hormones or steroids. It is vitally important that you are totally honest with your specialist, as it is a known fact that hormones, steroids, and some other medications can actually cause the formation of stretch marks.
Probably the most extreme, though also one of the most effective treatments for stretch marks is plastic surgery. Other surgical methods include dermabrasion and chemical peels. Laser surgery also has many new advances to offer, but you should always remember that the success of any treatment would be subjective to your age, skin tone, and diet.
Although such a common problem, you may be surprised to hear that stretch mark treatment is not covered by any insurance, even in severe circumstances, as this is classed as a cosmetic treatment. However there are many excellent stretch marks creams available to buy on the internet, and you only have to read some of the reviews to find out exactly how effectual they are. So getting rid of stretch marks does not have to be painful or cost a fortune.