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Stretch marks, also known as stretch marks, are fine lines on the body caused by rapid growth or overstretching of tissues under the skin. This is a common condition that does not cause any significant medical problems, but can be a cosmetic concern for some people.

Stretch marks are very common, affecting 70% of teenage girls and 40% of boys. They occur in certain areas of the body where the skin is subjected to continuous and progressive stretching. These include:

  • Abdomen and breast in pregnant women
  • Adolescents undergoing growth (thighs, hips, breasts)
  • Shoulders in fitness people
  • Obese or overweight people

Stretch marks can also be caused by long-term use of oral or topical corticosteroids and anabolic steroids. They are also a feature of Cushing's syndrome, a disease in which adrenal cortical activity is excessive. Striae are more common in people with Marfan syndrome.

Stria are usually a cosmetic problem, but rarely if they are extensive, they can easily deepen or tear during an accident. Stretch marks that occur in teenagers become less visible over time and usually do not require treatment. In other cases, if stretch marks are a concern, the following treatments and tests may be tried:

  • Moisturizers
  • Topical retinoid therapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Pulsed dye laser therapy
  • Fractional thermolysis
  • Skin needling