Stretch marks

Stretch marks are parallel, cigar-shaped bundles of thinned, creased skin, initially elevated, swollen, and subsequently atrophic. Especially in side lighting, they give an image of non-aesthetical, clearly visible lines. Their appearance is usually not accompanied by any symptoms, yet it may be connected with a mild sensation of itching or, less frequently, burning and pain. Stretch marks appear when the skin is stretched above its natural elasticity limits. The skin does not produce enough fibres to fill the increasing area. There occur ruptures which are filled by scar tissue, demonstrating the characteristics of atrophic scars.

Stretch marks develop on the level of the dermis, and their occurrence is connected with impairment of fibroblasts, i.e. cells responsible for production of 2 kinds of protein: collagen and elastin. These are the proteins which ensure the elasticity, firmness, resilience and proper tension.

Reasons of development:

  • Rapid growth of the body
  • Pregnancy
  • Rapid growth of muscle mass
  • Rapid growth of fat tissue
  • Hormonal factors
  • Steroid medicines

Persons most exposed to development of stretch marks:

  • Obese people
  • Teenagers at growth age
  • Women during pregnancy and menopause
  • Body builders
  • Persons with frequent weight fluctuations
  • Persons frequently on low-calorie diets
  • Persons taking steroid medicines
  • Genetically predestined persons
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