Stretch marks are long, narrow streaks, stripes, or lines that develop on the skin. They occur when the skin is suddenly stretched and are extremely common.
Anyone can develop stretch marks, although they tend to affect more women than men.
They can occur on a range of body parts, including the stomach, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, and lower back.
This type of scarring happens when the skin cannot resume normal form after a period of intense growth, often due to pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, or puberty. Over 50% of women experience stretch marks during pregnancy.
Treating stretch marks can improve the look of this common concern. These procedures work to improve the tone and texture of the skin, producing healthy new skin cells. Although treatments can go a long way to improve the appearance of stretch marks, they may not completely disappear. Reducing the chance of developing new stretch marks in the future will often rely on maintaining your ideal weight and size through the upkeep of a healthy lifestyle.