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What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Stretch Marks?

Signs and Symptoms of Stretch Marks

Those pink, purple or white waves under your skin that occur naturally as men and women both past puberty is called ‘Stretch Mark’ and medically known as Striae Distensae.

If you’ve noticed them on your body, you’re not alone.

Stretch marks may appear due to the hormonal changes and growth associated with puberty, during pregnancy, or with medical diseases, such as Cushing syndrome. Though fairly know that these are nothing but skin scars, let’s take a look at the signs and symptoms of stretch marks.


What are the Signs and Symptoms of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks appear when the skin has been put under extreme expansion and contraction. Stretch marks may occur during various phases of life, either its due to increased cortisol (a hormone produced by the adrenal glands) secretion or associated with increased body mass. Due to such extreme condition the skin when comes back to its normal state it is not able to retain the exact elasticity that it had before causing long narrow stripes on the skin. They’re further diversified as Striae Rubrae and Striae Albae.

Below mentioned are the signs and symptoms of stretch marks:

  • Skin looks thinner than usual
  • They appear as raised pink to purple lines
  • With time, they appear as silvery lines on the skin, similar to a scar
  • Wrinkles start to appear on the skin
  • A frequent feeling of irritation and itchiness

*Stretch marks may be due to a serious illness, they may order blood, urine, or imaging tests.


Signs & Symptoms of Striae Rubrae (Pink / Red Stretch Marks)

Stretch marks are just like any other scars on our body, it does not stay the same and keeps changing over time. Striae Rubrae can be called as the first stage of stretch marks. The initial striae rubrae are slightly raised pink or violaceous linear marks (striae rubrae), which fade over months to years to hypopigmented, atrophic, wrinkled scars (striae albae). The marks are perpendicular to the direction of skin tension.

Below mentioned are the signs and symptoms of Striae Rubrae:

  • Raised skin layer
  • Red or pink in color
  • Constant feel of itching
  • Slightly flatter (depressed)
  • Can be 1-10 mm wide or many centimeters long


Signs & Symptoms of Striae Albae (White Stretch Marks)

The first stage of stretch marks that is Striae Rubrae advances into what looks like a thin white non-linear line that is permanent is called as Striae Albae. This produces a thinned epidermis, loss of dermal elastin, and a replacement of the dermis by abnormally dense collagen fibres.

Below mentioned are the signs and symptoms of Striae Albae:

  • Skin looks pale compared to other part
  • Wrinkles on skin
  • Non-linear lines that are now white in color


Thus, having stretch marks on your body is not a matter of shame, it is perfectly natural body phenomena. However, we do know that it can be a self-confidence buster when you are social gatherings. Nonetheless, some treatments have shown progress in treating two types of stretch marks, Striae Rubrae and Striae Albae. At Skin City, we offer treatments such as Chemical Peel, Laser Therapy, Microneedling, Microdermabraison, and Radiofrequncy to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.


Skin City Clinic- Reduce The Appearance Of Stretch Marks Effectively!

Whether stretch marks appear on your stomach, thighs, hips, arms or buttocks areas, over the counter creams and oils are more often than not ineffective and a waste of time and money. We offer extensive range of proven treatments including laser therapies which are more effective than any light based treatment on the market and also less painful with less downtime.

Skin City Clinic is one of India’s renowned dermatology clinic that offers the most comprehensive solution to any and every skin problem. Our expert dermatologists work with the utmost passion to transform your image and thereby enhance your confidence. If you are looking for a solution to the stretch marks, then look no further. Call us now at 09890225577 to book an appointment and our expert consultants will help you plan the best solution tailor-made for you. Alternatively, you can also fill the form here to get a call back from our team.

About The Author

Skin Specialist in Pune

Dr Niteen Dhepe is a Board Certified Dermatologist and has developed himself as a pioneer in field of Cosmetic Dermatology and Lasers in India. He is the biggest entrepreneur in contemporary dermatology world of India.

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