Stretch marks are a common feature among most girls and boys in the age of puberty. During the growth of a person or at the time, when the individual gains weight in shortest period, that person tends to get fine lines on the body called stretch marks. Stretch marks appear when the tissue under the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching. Although, the skin is fairly elastic when it is overstretched, the normal production of collagen is disrupted. The collagen is the major protein making up the connective tissues in one’s skin. When disrupted, scars emerge called as stretch marks. Obese people are the ones who often have stretch marks. The body-builders and the persons using steroid-contained skin creams or ointments for more than a week are also prone to getting stretch marks.
The types of and causes resulting in stretch marks:
Stretch marks which can be noticed on the person’s body, mainly on the areas like breasts, thighs, hips and butt. Most of the women get it during pregnancy. The stretch marks are common in both man and woman as well. Stretch marks also known as stria atrophica or striae distensae caused during pregnancy. Striae gravidarum, are caused by tearing in the skin and its underlying connective tissue. These marks occur as a result of direct trauma or stretching due to the enlargement of the muscle. Stretch marks may show up as reddish or purplish lines differentiating them from surrounding skin and may appear indented. Some people try to cover up stretch marks through over-the-counter lotions and sprays or in-salon treatments. However, this proves not helpful for regular tanning, because stretch marks themselves are less likely to tan.
The treatment for stretch marks on thighs:
Stretch marks often appear where the body gains the fat and the places like abdomen and thighs are common targets. Although, they may look unappealing, stretch marks pose no health risks even then the treatments mainly sought for cosmetic reasons. For getting rid of the stretch marks, one has to start with the diet and the eating habit. It is most essential to ensure that one’s diet is supplying a person enough vitamins C and E. This needs to be complemented by minerals, zinc and silica. All of these help forming collagen, primarily, which facilitates elimination and prevention of stretch marks and keeping the skin healthy. The expensive option is more effective, it is a prescription for Retin-A cream, derived from Vitamin A, and the same applied at the affected areas. There is an option of laser therapy, in which surgeons are using different lasers for different stretch marks. One of these laser beams reduces the dark pigmentation of the stretch mark, while another stimulates pigmentation with the cells of light silver color. The new type of laser therapy stimulates the cells to produce more collagen and help restoring the elasticity in dermis.