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Stretch Marks

Most people will suffer from stretch marks at some point in their life. Taking the form of streaks or lines, stretch marks often appear red or pink at first, and fade to a silvery-white colour over time. They occur on the surface of the skin, and are most common in areas where fat is stored, such as the stomach, thighs, or buttocks. However, stretch marks can occur in any part of the body where the skin is prone to stretching. Stretch marks are a result of a tearing in the upper layers of skin, allowing the deeper layers to show through.

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True to their name, stretch marks are a result of the stretching of the skin, particularly when this happens rapidly over a short space of time. For this reason, they are common in pregnancy, and puberty, where the skin is required to adapt quickly to rapid change. Skin with a higher level of elasticity is less prone to stretch marks. Weight gain and loss can also cause stretch marks, as more strain is put on the skin and it is less able to repair itself, particularly if weight frequently goes up and down. Stretch marks are more common in women due to how fat is stored, but can occur in either gender.

Stretch marks will fade over time, but this may take years, and sufferers may find that they never disappear completely. In order to rid the skin of unsightly stretch marks, treatment should be sought. Laser therapy has proven to treat the appearance of stretchmarks, and advanced professional needling can encourage skin repair and aid in the fading process.

For more information or to book a complimentary consultation, contact our team at the Face Medical Clinic in Manchester today.

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