Stretchmarks can occur anywhere on your body but tend to occur most commonly on the thighs, arms and breasts. Stretch marks on breasts occur when there is a rapid increase in weight which may be due to pregnancy or puberty. Because of the sudden increase in weight to skin stretches to accommodate the new size however sometimes be stretching occurs much more quickly than the skin can adapt to consequently a layer of the skin stretches and tears. Stretchmarks are difficult to treat however over time they will naturally fade to assume a silver or white colour. Stretchmarks can also occur on your breasts.
Stretchmarks occur when your skin is stretched beyond what it can keep up with. Your skin is naturally pretty elastic however sometimes due to rapid weight gain your skin is stretched a lot faster than you can keep up with causing literally tearing.
When are stretch marks on breasts likely to occur?
Teenage women and women undergoing pregnancy are most at risk of developing stretch marks on breasts due to changes in weight and body growth they can lead to a rapid expansion of skin. In fact abdomen and breast stretchmarks are very common especially for teenagers going through adolescence. The changes due to puberty can create stretchmarks stretchmarks that are brought about by growth spurts caused by hormones released into the body. Pregnant women experience increased bust size also due to rapid growth but the other areas such as the stomach and thighs also run the risk of developing stretchmarks.
Who are more likely to get stretchmarks?
Not all women are equally likely to develop stretchmarks some women are more prone than to others and a lot of this depends on the elasticity of the skin. There has been some discussion that some women are more genetically prone to developing stretchmarks in particular darker skin women are found to be at higher risk.
Firstly stretchmarks are not considered to be a dangerous medical concern, in fact over time they will fade and if anything they just feel a little bit unflattering to have. This is especially true for women who want to wear swimsuits; men are also affected as bodybuilders who undergo rapid weight gain to build muscle might be averse to showing off their muscles when stretchmarks are also visible.
When stretchmarks first appear they will be red and appear purply in colour. These are highly visible. The best time to seek treatment is when stretchmarks are relatively new and have this bright discolouration, after time stretchmarks will fade to approximate the surrounding skin colour.
When stretchmarks form they are permanent, there are not a lot of treatment options to remove stretch marks on breasts permanently the most that they can do is reduce their appearance. Prevention is better than cure.
There is lot of different treatments but the majority of them are topical creams that you apply directly on your skin.
Common treatment options:
- Prescription tretinoin known cream (not suitable for pregnant women)
- scar treatment gels
- moisture rises that contain vitamin E
- cocoa butter
Other more abrasive dermal techniques are generally not recommended because the skin around the breasts is very sensitive. Things such dermabrasion and chemical peels are generally avoided.
For any other areas especially for newly formed stretchmarks laser therapy is a very good way to improve the appearance of stretchmarks.
If stretch marks on breasts are really a problem for you than plastic surgery is the final option. Breast augmentation surgery will be expensive and there will be an associated healing and downtime, however this will permanently remove stretchmarks.
Four ways to reduce the visibility of stretch marks on breasts
- Keep your skin hydrated. It is important to drink lots of water and to consume fresh fruit and vegetables. Keeping properly hydrated means your skin will also be hydrated and hydrated skin stays younger and looks healthier which in turn helps to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks. Most doctors recommend you have at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
- By exercising you will tone and keep the skin firm. Stretchmarks tend to stand out less on tone skin than they do on flabby skin. Skin that is firm and tone helps to reduce the visibility of stretchmarks as stretched out skin makes the scars less noticeable. It is worth mentioning that weight loss does not mean your stretchmarks will disappear entirely. The truth is stretchmarks exactly a former scarring that appears slowly under the top layer of your skin. It is this area under the surface of the skin that has been damaged and it’s not quite so easy to target.
- Use Retin-A also known as Tretinoin. Although not suitable for women undergoing pregnancy, these vitamin a base products are very effective at helping your body promote the production of new collagen and elastin. As your body replaces and produces new skin cells over time this will help to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks. These current treatments are best reserved for stretchmarks that have mature and lost their bright discolouration, oftentimes greatly improving the appearance of these white marks.
- Use vitamin E moisturizers or creams. There are many helps your body to remove dead skin cells allowing a fresh new layer of skin to replace them. Did in the works is a good way to prevent the formation of stretch marks on breasts and even help to fade the appearance of them over time.