stretch marks

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are skin lesions in the form of lines that occur due to hormonal factors and rapid growth or weight gain. These scars are very common and do not cause any significant medical problems, but they may be of cosmetic concern for some people.

Why do stretch marks arise?

Our skin has elastic properties that allow it to adapt to changes suffered by the body, due to different circumstances. However, this elasticity has a limit.

In case of rapid and exaggerated distension, the skin can suffer lesions called stretch marks. Stretch marks appear in areas subject to continuous and progressive stretching. When stretched too much, the elastic fibers of the skin suffer damage that causes scarring.

The situations that most commonly cause stretch marks are:

  • Sudden increase in weight: usually causes stretch marks on the abdomen and hips.
  • Pregnancy:  it usually causes stretch marks on the breasts, abdomen and shoulders.
  • Rapid increase in muscle mass:  usually causes stretch marks on the shoulders.
  • Puberty stage:  usually causes stretch marks on hips and thighs. In girls, stretch marks can appear on the breasts.

You teenagers and pregnant women are the groups at greatest risk, 70% of female adolescents and 40% of male adolescents develop stretch marks at this stage of life. In pregnant women, the occurrence of stretch marks is even greater, reaching 90%. The greater the baby's weight, the greater the risk of stretch marks on the abdomen.

genetic factors are also important. Some people find it easier to develop stretch marks than others. If a close relative has stretch marks, your chances of getting them are great.

Stretch marks can also arise due to illnesses., most of them unusual, like Cushing syndrome, Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Some medications can cause stretch marks as a side effect. The best known are steroids, whether in pills or creams.

Source: Dr. Pedro Pinheiro, Stretch Marks - Causes, Prevention and Treatment,

Stretch marks can be classified as:

  • Red: Recent streak calls. Usually, in their initial phase, they appear reddish or purplish and gradually take on a whitish color. They may also be preceded by pruritus at the site of appearance.
  • White: they are old stretch marks that no longer present an inflammatory reaction.
  • Atrophic: they are depressed in relation to the skin surface.
  • Hypertrophic: they are raised in relation to the surface of the skin.

Our acupuncture method applied to stretch marks has a success rate of 75% in reducing the width and length. It is a slow treatment that can vary between 14 and 18 weeks, due to the slow skin regeneration.

But the results are very expressive.

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