When we refer to stretch marks we are discussing a kind of linear scars formed after a violent expansion of the skin, resulting in fibers of the chorion lying under the skin to break. This expansion could be described as a vertical fracture which reaches all the way up the surface layer of the skin, deforming and making it appear thinner and wrinkled.
It comprises an aesthetic problem concerning both men and women even at young ages, when growth during puberty comes abruptly or following a sudden increase or decrease of weight.
As a result we observe boys and girls who gain height abruptly form stretch marks along their waist, thighs or even calves. Most women, in our days, are puzzled during pregnancy not only by the tension exerted on the abdomen but also on the sides of the thighs and on the breast as a result of the increase in weight.
Men also face the problem of stretch marks, when they exercise vigorously to increase their muscle mass which results in them developing stretch marks on their arms, chest and back sides as well as worked out muscles.
The fact that not everyone develops stretch marks depends on quality of elastin and collagen, diet, existence of important vitamins, hereditary factors, cortisone medical treatments, Cushing syndrome and even hormonal factors.
Early on they take on a pink, reddish or even purple colour, since capillaries which lie under the chorion of the skin become visible. This is the stage when, if dealt promptly and correctly with special lasers, we can have final and complete eradication.
More than often though, most people are not alert or take no heed of them and as time goes by they lose colour, the skin declines on the surface, gets thinner and stretch marks acquire a coloration whiter than the rest of the skin.
A few years back no particular options of dealing with the problem existed. Only some kinds of peeling which gave a false sense of improvement.
Nowadays, treatment of stretch marks is carried out with micro-crystal therapies (microdermabration) and with the use of state of the art lasers (or combining the both), the results of which being quite spectacular.
We aim at activating fibroblasts which produce collagen and elastin deep down so that the damage is minimized and the texture and sight of the surface layer of the skin is significantly improved, namely where the problem lies.
Kind of treatment and number of sessions is scheduled after the first session and each case is different.