Can men get stretch marks too?

Posted on 22 Aug, 2012

It is mainly women who suffer from stretch marks, particularly after pregnancy when the skin has to stretch to accommodate the growing baby and the extra weight. Women also get stretch marks after losing or gaining weight in a short amount of time.

However, men can also get stretch marks too. Stretch marks in men are most commonly caused by:

• Periods of fast growth in adolescence
• Bulking up muscle quickly – this most commonly happens with athletes, particularly weight lifters
• Rapid weight gain – when the skin is stretched, the small connective fibres within the dermis (the middle layer of the skin) break, causing stretch marks.
• Over use of steroids
• Underlying diseases and medical conditions, such as diabetes, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Cushing’s Syndrome

Stretch marks can be just as damaging for a man’s self-esteem and self-confidence as it can for women, but there are treatments available to get rid of the problem.

Laser stretch mark removal treatment

Using specially designed and programmed lasers and deep-level microdermabrasion, the broken connective tissues within the skin can be repaired and the skin’s natural healing process boosted. This eradicates the stretch marks and leaves healthy, flawless skin behind.