Understanding how stretch marks are formed, what causes them and stretch mark removal treatments

Posted on 28 Oct, 2009

Although they’re harmless, stretch marks can cause distress to those who suffer from them. Stretch marks can appear on any part of the body where the skin has stretched rapidly. The marks are usually the result of sudden weight gain, although they can also be caused by weight loss. The most common places where they appear are the stomach, breasts, thighs, upper arms and buttocks.

Even after you lose those extra pounds, stretch marks will not suddenly disappear, as they are the result of scarring. Humans have three layers of the skin- the epidermis or the outer layer, the dermis, the middle layer and the subcutaneous stratum, which is the inner layer. Stretch marks are formed in the dermis. This is the layer that helps to retain the shape of the skin.

When the skin is stretched over a long period of time, the skin becomes more elastic. However, if the skin stretches rapidly then it does not have the opportunity to gain this elasticity. The small connective fibres within the skin break, thus resulting in stretch marks.

However, there is now a very effective method of stretch mark removal- in the form of laser surgery.

Laser stretch mark removal surgery involves applying a solution to the skin and then directing a laser beam to the area.

Many clinics and skin specialists across the UK offer laser stretch mark removal treatments at affordable prices.