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Reduce Stress: Physical and emotional stress along with some diseases can contribute to stretch marks (striae). The rapid increase or decreased tension on the skin (ie. During preganancy ) are physical stressors, whereas emotional stress that is associated with increaed cortisol levels will also effect the development of striae. ...Read more
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Mostly Genetic: Stretch marks are due to stress on the skin, however, every one's skin responds differently. Your genetic skin makeup will determine if you will get stretch marks. If you are pregnant you can try some skin massage and moisturizers but this will have a very small effect on if you get stretch marks or not. The only way to absolutely treat stretch marks is to remove them with surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause...?: Although stretch marks are pervasive and well described, the cause is not fully understood. Clearly stretch alone is not the only reason because patients with breast implants rarely get stretch marks. However, stretch combined with hormonal changes seems to be related to the etiology. Why they occur in certain areas and not in others is not understood as well. For example men also are effected. ...Read more
They won't: Stria occur when the skin is stretched beyond its elastic limit and undergoes permanent deformation. If you stretch certain kinds of rubber they behave in a similar manner. Once the stria have been created, they may improve a bit in appearance but will not disappear. If the stria are in certain places, like the lower part of your abdomen, they can be removed surgically as is done in a tummy tuck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Limited options: Stria or stretch marks are linear streaks which occur when the skin is stretched too quickly. The outer layer of the skin remains intact, the middle layer of the skin is pulled apart with strands of bridging collagen. The early appearance of stria is pink/purple. The coloration fades with time, but the thin cracks in the skin remain. V-beam laser is effective to help fade the pink coloration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have moderate macular pucker with some striae. Why is it not causing vision loss or distortion? I hope it stays that way.
No retinal distortio: Macular pucker is caused by scar tissue on the surface of the retina. It generally will not cause a signifanct change in the vision unless it contracts and causes distortion or leakage in the macula. I too hope yours stays the way it is too. If not, the scar tissue can be successfully removed surgically. ...Read more
I have developed what looks like striae on my thighs and butt. No recent weight changes or pregnancy. They get darker at night. What are these marks?
Have a moderate epiretinal membrane with striae. I have no apparent vision loss or distortion. Is this unusual for moderate stage. ?
I have striae appear on both my upper arms (same area on both arms) and have been present for over a month. What caused? I don't lift or anything
Multiple Causes: Striae or stretch marks can happen when your skin is stretched and then reduces like it happens in pregnancy. The appearance of stria on your arms could represent that you have lost some weight on the arm area, or if you have been exposed to steroids. Give us some history of how they developed. ...Read more