What is a stretch mark ( striae)?
Stretch marks are irregular areas of skin that look like bands, stripes, or lines.
Stretch marks are seen when a person grows or gains weight rapidly or has certain diseases or conditions.
The medical name for stretch marks is striae.
Stretch marks can appear when there is rapid stretching of the skin.
They are often seen when a woman's abdomen gets larger during pregnancy.
They can be found in children who have become rapidly obese.
They may also occur during the rapid growth in males and females.
Striae are most commonly located on the breasts, hip's thighs, buttock's stomach, arm's flank's.
Stretch marks appear as parallel streaks of red, thinned, glossy skin that over time become whitish and scar-like in appearance. '
The stretch marks may be slightly depressed and have a different texture than normal skin.
Stretch marks may also occur as a result of abnormal collagen formation, or a result of medicines or
chemicals that interfere with collagen formation. They may also be associated with longtime use of cortisone compounds, diabetes,
Cushing disease, and post-pregnancy.
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