We all associate stretch marks with pregnancy, and yet they do not just affect pregnant women or indeed, just women. While they are more common in teenage girls, just under half of all teenage boys can develop stretch marks, too.
While most cases of stretch marks are caused by a rapid increase in weight, rapid growth or hormonal changes, some can be caused by the use of certain medication. Topical and oral corticosteroids are known to increase the likelihood of stretch marks.
Some medical conditions can also result in stretch marks forming: problems with the adrenal gland or some rare genetic disorders can result in stretch marks.
For those who develop stretch marks during adulthood, they can lead to great distress and a lack of confidence. While some people are lucky enough to have limited and rather pale stretch marks, others can be afflicted with dark stretch marks that can extend beyond the areas typically affected.
In these cases, stretch mark removal treatment can provide real relief and allow an individual to regain confidence in their appearance. Microdermabrasion removes damaged layers of skin, while laser treatment stimulates the production of collagen and new and healthy skin cells.