Your Skin and Stretch Marks
Skin doesn't always bounce back if it's been stretched by pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss. Instead, it becomes decorated by a form of scarring called stretch marks, or striae. Stretch marks often start off as reddish or purplish in color and then become glossy skin that appears streaked in silver or white.

Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin that allows it to retain its shape. However, when constantly stretched, the dermis can break down leaving behind stretch marks.
Men and women can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies, including the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, or lower back.

Treatment for Stretch Marks
There are several treatment options for stretch marks. The degree of success with any treatment will be impacted by your age, your skin tone, and even your diet. Treatment options for stretch marks include:
·Surgical methods.Dermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser surgery can be used to address unwanted stretch marks.
·Skin Needling is a process of using a dry tattoo needle to intitiate a wound healing reaction in the skin. This process often helps the skin to rebuild collagen, and repair the fiberblasts or connective tissue in the deeper layers of the skin. It can help with the appearance of deep stretchmarks but will not change the color. 
·Camouflage makeup:  A custom blended camouflage makeup that is water, sweat and smear-proof can be applied for intense coverage with a very natural look if no other methods have worked for you to cover or correct unsightly stretchmarks.





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