Stretch Mark Treatment

Stretch Mark Treatment

Stretch Mark Treatment at Drundrum Clinic


Stretch marks are caused when the skin rapidly stretches as a result of sudden growth or weight gain. This stretching causes the middle layer of skin (dermis) to tear, allowing the deeper skin layers to show through, forming stretch marks.

The dermis contains strong, inter-connected fibres that allow your skin to stretch as your body grows. However, rapid growth can cause the skin to over-stretch and break the fibres. The tears in the dermis allow the blood vessels below to show through, which is why the marks are often red or purple when they first appear.

When the blood vessels eventually contract, the pale-coloured fat underneath your skin will be visible, and your marks will change to a silvery-white colour.

It can occur anywhere where the skin has been stretched, but they usually affect areas where fat is stored, such as the:

  • tummy (abdomen)
  • breasts
  • upper arms
  • buttocks
  • thighs
  • shoulders (in bodybuilders)

Sometimes, particularly in teenage boys, stretch marks can develop on the back, overlying the spine horizontally (like the rungs on a ladder).

Those marks often occur during the later stages of pregnancy, affecting about eight out of ten pregnant women. Whether or not you’ll get stretch marks depends on your skin type and how elastic it is.

During pregnancy, hormones are produced that soften the ligaments in your pelvis so they’re more flexible when you give birth. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect joints. However, the hormones also soften the fibres in your skin, making it prone to stretch marks.

As your baby grows and your skin stretches, you may get stretch marks on your tummy. You may also develop them on your thighs and breasts as they get bigger.

Those marks usually fade and become less noticeable after childbirth, but they don’t always disappear completely.

At Dundrum Cosmetic Clinic we can treat the stretch marks with our erbium yag laser to improve your skin.

Should you have any questions please phone us 01 2166 778 or Contact Us – we would be delighted to help

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