Weight loss or gain, childbirth and even certain health conditions can lead to visible stretch marks. For some, stretch marks can appear during puberty due to rapid growth in height, or body weight. While the skin is normally very elastic, rapid changes in body volume can lead to a disruption in the production of collagen, the essential protein that makes up the connective tissue of the dermis. As a result, the stretch marks form like scars, that can last a lifetime.
Stretch marks are more common in women, but men can also get them in the abdominal area, or along the thigh, back or buttock zones. Body builders are also prone to developing stretch marks, as well as individuals who are required to use steroid creams, such as hydrocortisone for several weeks, or individuals who have oral corticosteroid medications.
These lines are more apparent in certain skin types, and they are an aesthetic concern that can be addressed with a comprehensive laser therapy treatment plan.