Of course, we all associate stretch marks with pregnancy, where the stress the skin is put under is self-evident, but this is not the only reason to develop stretch marks:

• Rapid weight gain or loss can result in stretch marks
• Adolescent growth spurts can leave both boys and girls with stretch marks
• Bodybuilding can provoke stretch marks, particularly on the arms and chest
• Certain corticosteroid creams can weaken the skin, destroying its ability to stretch

While some people may only get the odd small mark that is fairly easy to hide and does not cause any major issues, others may find that certain areas of their skin are completely covered by the angry-looking red or purple marks. This can be soul-destroying and can completely wreck a person’s self-confidence.

Luckily, something can be done about such stretch marks; a combination of microdermabrasion and laser therapy can produce impressive results that can allow people to feel more comfortable in their own skin. The deep exfoliation gently removes dull and damaged skin cells from the surface in order to reveal new and healthy cells beneath, while the laser encourages healing and collagen production.