What are stretch marks? Stretch marks are a bothersome and embarrassing dilemma for a lot of men and women. They affect nearly 90 percent of women at some time in their lives and though not to the same extent, some men also. Get the best stretch mark removal treatment in NY by visiting Caringaesthetics.com.
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Stretch marks can form on the skin as fine white lines or vivid purple or red debilitating looking scars. Commonly found on the buttocks, stomach, arms, buttocks or breasts, red stretch marks are normally the more recent type while white stretch marks are usually older more adult marks.
A common misconception about stretch marks (commonly called striae in dermatology) is they're a result of the over-stretching of the epidermis. This isn't entirely correct. The underlying reason changes in the body's hormones which are frequently seen with large weight changes, pregnancy, and puberty.
Hormones closely resemble fat cells within the body. So, when there are rapid changes in the total amount of fat lost or added, hormonal changes occur. The hormonal changes, in turn, affect the production of elastin and collagen which comprise the support system of the dermis layer of skin.
When the skin can't produce enough elastin and collagen, the skin becomes less elastic. When the skin is stretched beyond its ability to regenerate quickly enough, linear"thin areas" form which becomes stretch marks.
Somewhat like a bruise, the absence of collagen affects the dermis' smaller blood vessels, causing them to dilate. The outer layer of skin, called the epidermis, has also thinned and results from the discoloration being prominent through the stretch marks.