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Stretch Marks

Have you started noticing long stripes, or lines-shaped scars forming on your body? These off-color marks could be striae; more commonly known as stretch marks. Although stretch marks are more common in women, especially during pregnancy, anyone can develop these marks that are caused due to quick expansion or contraction of our body.

What causes stretch marks?
During pregnancy or sudden growth spurts at puberty, our body suddenly starts to grow. This gives a shock to the collagen and elastin, breaking it down as it tries to accommodate this sudden change in the body structure. When the skin starts healing from this shock, it could form these stripy, long lines if it doesn’t have sufficient collagen to support the growth.

Some factors that cause stretch marks to appear are:

  • Quick weight gain during pregnancy or quick weight loss after pregnancy can stretch out the skin, causing the collagen breakdown, leading to stretch marks
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss could also have a similar reaction, like during pregnancy, and would cause stretch marks to appear
  • Growth spurts during puberty are often a reason for stretch marks to appear on the skin surface
  • High steroid production due to Cushing’s syndrome or due to high steroid consumption through medications or for bodybuilding, could lead to sudden growth followed by stretch marks
  • Genetic diseases like Marfan syndrome cause decreased elasticity in the skin, leading to the formation of those stretch marks
  • The hereditary tendency for stretch marks passed down through your family, could mean that you could develop stretch marks as well.

Stretch marks are very common on the abdominal area but could also appear on other body parts including breast, hips, buttocks, flanks and thighs.

Stretch Marks

Before & After

Strech Marks

Stretch Marks Treatments

PRP Dermapen

Microneedling with PRP is a cosmetic treatment that stimulates collagen production by rolling fine needles over the skin and applying platelets.

Laser Therapy

Laser Photofacial treatment uses pulses of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) to reverse signs of aging by altering your skin at the cellular level.


Microneedling radiofrequency is a cosmetic procedure that uses radiofrequency waves and tiny needles to rejuvenate facial skin.