Stretch marks are the result of rapid stretching of the skin due to sudden growth or weight gain. This stretching causes the middle layer of skin (the dermis) to tear, allowing the blood vessels below to show through. This is why stretch marks are often red or purple when they first appear. When the blood vessels eventually contract, the pale-colored fat underneath your skin will be visible, and your stretch marks will change to a silvery-white color.
Stretch marks often occur:
- During pregnancy
- After rapid weight gain
- During puberty
- If you have a family history of stretch marks
- After the prolonged or inappropriate use of corticosteroid medication
Treatment protocols allows for precise targeted treatment of the stretched skin to increase collagen and elastin production. The new collagen leads to a healthy, smooth skin which evens out stretch marks as a result.