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Myths and Facts About Stretch Marks

Myths and Facts About Stretch Marks

Stretch marks, medically known as striae, are experienced by almost every second person at some point in their lives. Though a harmless skin condition, the emotional toll of stretch marks can be farther reaching. A lot of women stress about the appearance of stretch marks as they are unsightly and often lower their self-esteem. Despite it being a common condition, there is still a lot of uncertainty around the topic. The internet is filled with conflicting information about where stretch marks come from, who gets them and how to reduce their appearance, making it quite challenging to get the right answers.

To help you clear out misconceptions, we have debunked some of the top myths about stretch marks.

Myth 1: Thinner people don’t get stretch marks

Fact – People can get stretch marks for various reasons. Most people commonly associate stretch marks with rapid weight gain, which can be the case. However, it can affect people of all weights, sizes, ages and genders. Physical changes like puberty, growth spurts or significant weight loss can all lead to stretch marks.

Myth 2: Stretch marks are caused only by skin stretching

Fact – The causes of stretch marks are plenty. Apart from weight changes and hormones, your genetics can also play a major role. If there is an existing gene within your family, you may be prone to scarring despite your weight or hormones.

Myth 3: Stretch marks are all one colour

Fact – Stretch marks vary from person to person. Since everyone’s skin is different, the marks can appear differently. The colour of stretch marks mostly depends on how old they are, where they occur and their severity. Newly formed stretch marks are usually purple or red in colour because of the blood vessels under the skin. As they begin to settle, their colour changes to hues of purple. If left untreated for too long, they can turn white.

Myth 4: Stretch marks only occur on the tummy

Fact – Stretch marks can occur anywhere on the body where growth outpaces the skin’s ability to stretch. Areas that are particularly prone to stretch marks are the thighs, hips and lower belly. But they can occur on other parts of the skin as well, such as arms, back, knees and more.

Myth 5: You cannot treat stretch marks

Fact – Several treatments are available for combating stretch marks. At FCBS Dubai, we treat stretch marks using state-of-the-art LPG endermologie. This treatment is a deep tissue massage that focuses on releasing fat while making the skin smoother and firmer. It involves gentle suction and rollers on the affected areas to increase blood circulation and lymph flow. Boosting blood circulation causes the skin to heal faster and stimulates the production of collagen. With sufficient collagen levels, skin rejuvenation and repairing of skin cells are accelerated, increasing skin elasticity and eventually reducing stretch marks.

To discuss your stretch marks and suitable treatment options, contact us at +971 4 3255481 or email us at

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