Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They are also sometimes known as stria or striae.
Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. They are usually 1-10mm wide and are a few centimeters long.
Stretch marks occur in the middle layer of skin (the dermis) when the skin is stretched considerably over a short period of time. The rapid stretching causes the dermis to break in places and allow the deeper layers of the skin to show through, forming stretch marks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
How common are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are very common. Anyone can get them, but they occur more often in women than men. The abdomen (tummy), buttocks and thighs are most commonly affected by stretch marks.
Stretch marks can appear on the skin whenever the skin is stretched as a result of sudden growth. For example, they can appear:
- during pregnancy
- as a result of weight gain
- as a results of growth spurts during puberty, when the body matures sexually and the reproductive organs become functional
About 9 out of 10 women are affected by stretch marks during pregnancy. Around 7 out of 10 females and 4 out of 10 males develop stretch marks during puberty.
Your Stretch Mark Consultation
The consultation is probably the most important part of a patient’s journey and should never be under-estimated.
For all new patients we always commence with a free 30 minutes consultation and for all existing patients every appointment starts with a mini-consultation and up-date.
At the Apsaras Aesthetic Clinic in Coventry, our Aesthetic Medical Practitioners will carry out a thorough skin assessment and discuss individual needs on a one-to-one basis in a relaxed but informal atmosphere.
All treatments are individually planned and tailor-made to your unique requirements. During the consultation we will explain all the options and recommend the most suitable treatment, or combination of treatments, for you. We will also discuss expected procedures.