stretch-marks-150x150Stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break, resulting in stretch marks. If stretch marks are formed on the skin’s surface, they’d be much easier to treat.

Depending on your natural skin coloring, stretch marks begin as raised pink, reddish brown or dark brown striations that then turn a brighter violet or purple. Gradually these bright marks flatten and fade to a color a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone. They usually become less noticeable over time.

Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body where the skin has been stretched (often as a result of weight gain). They’re most likely to appear in places where fat is stored: the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, thighs and buttocks. They pose absolutely no health risk and don’t compromise your body’s ability to function healthily they are purely a cosmetic issue and need to be treated accordingly.


Laser treatments don’t remove stretch marks – they simply make them fade. The laser responds to dark colors only, so in the early stages, when stretch marks are dark red or brown, laser treatment will be effective. Faded, flesh-colored marks will probably not respond to laser treatment since they won’t be easily detected. A series of treatments might be required for visible results.