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What Causes Stretch Marks?

Pregnancy is an amazing experience, as new life is created and brought into the world, but it has its pitfalls, as we all know. One of the most common aesthetic complaints following pregnancy is to do with stretch marks, the red ‘tiger stripes’ that 90% of women are left with. These form due to rapid growth of the uterus, which tears the middle layer of skin, allowing the deeper layers to be seen through them, creating the red streaks. It is worth mentioning that not every case of stretch marks is from pregnancy, as they occur following rapid growth, but being pregnant does incur worse marks than growth spurts and other causes.


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Knowing what causes stretchmarks

Stretch marks, also called striae, generally appear in areas where fat is stored, like around the abdomen, thighs, breasts, upper arms, and, in body-builders, the shoulders. In men, stretch marks from growth spurts are often visible on the back, presenting as horizontal lines between the shoulders and buttocks. You are more likely to develop stretch marks if you go through a period of rapid weight gain, during puberty, or as a result of an underlying health condition like Marfan syndrome.

The severity of these marks can be hereditary, so if your parents have very apparent stretch marks, you can be predisposed to their development as well.

At PHI Clinic, we have a range of treatments suitable for improving the appearance of stretch marks, amongst other things.

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