Stretch marks can be more than just a cosmetic concern

Stretch marks are a well recognized and common skin condition that can be a cause of great concern and insecurity during and after pregnancy. Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding, hormone replacement therapy etc.1

Although they are not detrimental to health, they can cause physical symptoms such as itchiness, tenderness and pain. Because of their visual appearance, they can also significantly affect one’s self-esteem and image.2

Unlike cosmetic and moisturizing products, Stratamark is a medical device with therapeutic action for the prevention and treatment of stretch marks.

1. Bernstein E. What Causes Stretch Marks, 2008, and Bernstein E. The Patient’s Guide to Stretch Marks, 2009
2. Osman H et al. BJOG 2008;115:1138–1142; 3. Gauglitz GG et al. Mol Med 2011;17(1–2):113–125

 

About stretch marks

Stretch marks are a type of thin, flattened scar. Although the cause for developing stretch marks is not fully understood it is thought to be due to an abnormal change in the underlying tissue of the skin. In the early stages stretch marks appear slightly raised with a pink to red color, which over time develops a slight purple tinge and then eventually becomes white and depressed with finely wrinkled lines.

Striae Distensae is the generic term for stretch marks, but there are several different classifications:

Striae Gravidarum describes stretch marks that occur due to pregnancy.

Striae Rubra describes early red stretch marks.

Striae Alba describes mature, whiter and depressed stretch marks.