Is it only pregnancy that can cause stretch marks?

Posted on 27 Jul, 2011

Many women who are expecting a baby, or who have recently given birth, have stretch marks. They are caused by the relatively rapid weight gain that takes place during pregnancy, and they tend to form on the breasts, abdomen and on other parts of the body.

However, it is not just pregnant women who can suffer from stretch marks. All kinds of people, of all different shapes and sizes, can develop stretch marks.

It is a common misconception that it is only excessive or rapid weight gain that can cause stretch marks to form. Whilst it is true that gaining weight quickly can cause the connective fibres in the skin to break and stretch marks to form, this can also happen to people who have gained a lot of muscle.

This is why athletes and bodybuilders, especially those that engage in strenuous activities or repetitive exercise, also have stretch marks. As they gain muscle and their bodies increase in size, the skin stretches in just the same way as in people who have merely gained weight.

Finding a solution

Laser stretch mark removal treatment is an ideal solution for anyone who has stretch marks, be it a new mother, an athlete or even an adolescent who has just been through a growth spurt.