Stretch marks are narrow lines that occur on the surface of the skin. Stretch marks start off with a red or purple appearance, and then fade to become white lines across the skin. Stretch marks are most commonly found on the tummy, buttocks, breasts and thighs.

How can you tell if you have stretch marks?

Stretch marks are usually long and thin and generally appear during weight gain or pregnancy. Pregnancy stretch marks are particularly likely to occur if you have excess amniotic fluid, as this causes the skin to need to stretch even more.

Who gets stretch marks?

Absolutely anyone can get stretch marks if their skin is put under some kind of pressure. Stretch marks occur when the skin has to stretch during a short space of time; it is common for teenagers to get stretch marks when they grow during puberty.

Can I prevent stretch marks?

In most some cases, such as pregnancy, preventing stretch marks is quite difficult, although some products do help. However, maintaining a healthy body weight can help prevent stretch marks.

How can stretch marks be treated?

Reducing stretch marks with laser treatment can be particularly effective. Stretch marks generally fade over time, however stretch mark removal with Dr Firas Al-Niaimi can speed up this process and make you feel more confident within your own body.