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Stretch Marks or Striae

Sunday, 01 March 2009

stretch marks striae Stretch marks are white or violet or red lines in place where the skin was stretched.  Striae is scarry tissue. In the English-speaking countries Striae is also called Striae Atrophicans, Striae Rubra, Striae Alba, Stretch Marks and Striae Distensae.

Why stretch marks?

Stretch marks occur due to the stretched skin and hormonal changes. Under the action of hormones like corticosteroids, progesterone the skin may get inelastic; its top layers may get thin and as a result with loads internal tear occur, which then replace by connective tissue.

Why different color stretch marks?

Once the connective tissue is generated in the inner tears the blood-vessels in it give the stretch marks a red or blue color. By time the vessels get empty and stretch marks whiten. Striae present connective tissue without any pigment, so when tanning Striae stay white and more visible in the tanned skin.

When stretch marks occur?

Striae occur during pregnancy period, in the teenage, when you promptly put on weight, as well as with endocrine diseases, in particular with presence of the syndrome Itsenko-Kushing, characterized with increased synthesis of glucocorticoids by adrenal gland. Stretch marks may occur when a person takes glucocorticoids for a long period (prednisolone, hydrocortisone and others) with oral intake and as an ointment. Striae may be caused by genetic reasons.

The place for the frequent stretch marks?

During pregnancy stretch marks often occur on the tummy, thighs and breasts. Striae in the teenage period often appear on the belly, hips, in lumbar area and breasts. With long intake of glucocorticoids (prednisolone, hydrocortisone and others), and with presence of the syndrome Itsenko-Kushing, Striae may appear along the body and face. And in this case Striae take more areas and look more extensive and wide than Striae appearing during pregnancy and in the teenage period.

Are the stretch marks harmful?

Stretch marks do not affect the health, however, there are reasons that cause Striae, and in particular the syndrome of  Itsenko-Kushing, and may be harmful.

You should see the doctor if stretch marks appear:

  • without pregnancy
  • with high blood pressure
  • redistribution of fat to the upper body
  • with  unwanted hair in face, chest, upper back (hirsutism)

How to prevent from stretch marks development?

There are special creams by Vichy (Vergetures), Biotherm (Biovergetures), Galenic (Specific Vergetures), Gernetic, Phytomer (Pre Vergetures), Lierac (Photolastil). These products have as components ether oils, herbal extracts, collagen and elastin that strengthen the skin. To prevent stretch marks you may use home staff like olive oil that should be applied to skin in areas of hypothetical Striae. Stretch marks appearing in regards to the exceeding weight can be prevented by diet and application of staff against Striae.

How to get rid of stretch marks?

585-nm flash-lamp pulsed dye laser is applied in process of stretch marks treatment that may be used along with peeling. Also retinoids (Retin-А, Avita) are used to remove stretch marks.

Is it possible to remove stretch marks?

It is impossible to get rid of stretch marks in full extent. Surgical intervention also is not able to solve this problem fully. When performing abdominoplastery over-stretched skin is removed along with stretch marks, though with abundant stretch marks it is not possible to to have them gone away.

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